We're celebrating 10 years of the JobSupport Program in Sydney Local Health District, helping people with an intellectual disability achieve employment.
Sydney Local Health District celebrated the special milestone of 10 years of the JobSupport program providing employment opportunities for young people with intellectual disabilities.
In 2008 the District formed a partnership with JobSupport to trial an employment training program at RPA and Concord Hospitals.
A decade later, JobSupport is recognised as one of the leading providers of this kind of program worldwide and Operations and Training Manager Chloe Moreau, said Sydney Local Health District is their most successful training site.
“81 per cent of clients trained here have achieved employment,” said Ms Moreau.
Speaking at a morning tea at RPA Hospital to celebrate the 10 year milestone, Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson, said it is a very special program.
“There are certain things that help us all live to our full potential, we need nutritious food, somewhere to live, and a good job,” she said.
“Employment is one of the social determinants of health.”
The program, Employ-my-ability, is now embedded in 15 non-clinical departments across the District, training up to 13 clients at a time.
“What we hear from our staff is that in the areas where these young people work there is greater team unity and cohesion, better communication skills and their workplaces are richer,” Dr Anderson said.
The Employ-my-ability program has been recognised with a number of accolades including a Prime Minister’s Award, a Premier’s Award and a NSW Health Award.
Sydney Local Health District and JobSupport are looking at opportunities to further grow the program.