Hire apprentices or trainees with a disability
Many employers are reluctant to hire apprentices or trainees with disabilities because they:
- are more concerned about their disabilities than their abilities
- aren't aware of the benefits they bring to a workplace
- worry about having to accommodate for them
- aren't sure about what support is available.
There are proven financial and social benefits for employing staff with disabilities.
Financial benefits may include:
- reduced staff turnover
- lower recruitment and retraining costs
- fewer compensation incidents and accidents at work
- lower insurance cover and workers' compensation costs
- less sick leave.
Social benefits may include:
- increased staff morale and sense of teamwork
- an enhanced image in the local community
- a workplace that reflect the diverse community that supports and surrounds it.
Financial support for employers
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) program offers financial support to employers of apprentices or trainees with disabilities.
Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) offers financial support for workplace modifications such as:
- special equipment
- vehicle adaptions
- information and communication devices
- AUSLAN (sign language) services
- disability awareness training for the workplace.
Getting financial support
Your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider will help determine your eligibility and assist with the application process.
Financial support for off-the job training
Skills Disability Support provides technology and support services to approved training organisations, such as:
- magnification aids
- specialised computer accessories
- voice recognition applications
- screen reading software
- AUSLAN (sign language) interpreters
- disability coaches or mentors.