Vivid Access and Inclusion Partner
Cushman & Wakefield was delighted to be the inaugural Access & Inclusion Partner for Vivid Sydney 2017. At Cushman & Wakefield we champion diversity and inclusion in our workplace, our thinking and our culture, and we strongly support Vivid Sydney as an accessible and inclusive event.
Image Credit: Sebastien Serville, Performance Analyst at Cushman & Wakefield
The Jobsupport program is a job placement service managed by Disability Employment Services, an Australian Government Initiative. Cushman & Wakefield is delighted to be part of the program that provides paid employment to individuals with an intellectual disability.
We currently have five employees through the Jobsupport program who manage our front of house facilities - Alexander Peters and Edward Guo in our Sydney office, Jacqui Gavin and Anastasia Tryphonos in our Melbourne office and Michael Cox in our Brisbane Office. They are absolutely part of the Cushman & Wakefield family and bring a wonderful energy and contribution to our business. In October 2016 Cushman & Wakefield was fortunate to receive an award from Jobsupport at their annual conference for placing their 700th client (Jacqui Gavin). Our ongoing commitment in this area is part of our vision for a skilled workforce in the future.
Cuhsman & Wakefield's Ashley Palm, Chief Executive James Patterson and Jacqui Gavin of our Melbourne Office receiving the 700th client award. In November 2016, Channel 9 visited both the Melbourne and Sydney offices to film Jacqui Gavin who works at 99 and 111 Coventry Street: Watch the highlights >
Contribution to Community Award Winners (Jobsupport)
Cushman & Wakefield was awarded GOLD at the 2017 Annual Real Estate Excellence Awards (AREA's) in Melbourne, in recognition for their efforts in collaborating with Jobsupport to provide opportunities to employees with intellectual impairments.
Cuhsman & Wakefield's Ashley Palm accepting the award for Contribution to Community, Melbourne 2017.
See the Possibilities campaign
Cushman & Wakefield were delighted to partner with the the Department of Family and Community Services on the ‘See the Possibilities’ campaign, which engages employers across Australia to share the value that people with a disability bring to a business. The campaign showcases stories from both employer advocates and employees, demonstrating the possibilities of employing people with disability, the benfits of inclusive employment practises and asks employers to pledge in support of hiring people with disability and to take the next steps to build a more inclusive workforce.
Filmed in late 2017 the video features Eddie from Sydney and Jacqui who was Jobsupports 700th placement. The campaign showcases Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to inclusive employment and remaining an employer of choice in the commercial real estate industry.
Cushman & Wakefield has had a 20+ year partnership with Koomarri, an organisation that has been providing support to members of our community with a disability to achieve their life goals, dreams and aspirations across New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Ken Loft is a valued team member and has been with Cushman & Wakefield in an administrative role for 19 years.
Making a difference for tomorrow.
As part of Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to building a diverse workforce, all teams across the business are encouraged to identify, recruit and nurture talent who encompass the company’s values. As part of this program, we have been able to make changes in our own business, but also the companies that work alongside us.
Mary Mumbulla, initially commenced in a part time role with Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) as a tour guide at the Barangaroo Reserve, a six-hectare open space landscaped with over 75,000 native trees and shrubs.
BDA is responsible for managing the Barangaroo development in Sydney, Australia. Barangaroo is located in the Sydney CBD alongside Sydney Harbour and offers a mixed used development comprising a 6 hectare nature park (Barangaroo Reserve), restaurant precinct and large scale commercial development.
BDA appointed Cushman & Wakefield as Facility Managers of the precincts public domain. Skyline Landscaping Service were appointed by Cushman & Wakefield to provide horticultural and landscaping services within the Barangaroo development.
Brenton Booth, Cushman & Wakefield’s Senior Facilities Manager for Barangaroo Reserve has been instrumental in creating an opportunity for Mary to upskill and pursue a career in Horticulture.
Following a successful proposal prepared and submitted by Brenton to the BDA, Mary has commenced work with Skyline Landscaping Services and will shortly begin a Certificate 2 in Horticulture through TAFE NSW.
Mary has always had a passion for plants linking back to her Indigenous heritage and was often seen propagating plants from seeds gathered within the park. Brenton got to know Mary and after witnessing her skills and passion in this area, Brenton approached BDA and Skyline to see if a traineeship could be established to help Mary obtain horticultural skills and the qualifications to support her goals of being employed at the park.
Today, outside of her work with Skyline and TAFE commitments, Mary still takes tour groups through the reserve and highlights the significance of many of the plants and cultural significance of Barangaroo to the Indigenous community.
It has been a positive experience for Cushman & Wakefield to be involved with BDA as a client and Skyline as a contractor to collaborate and jointly support this initiative through to fruition.
Mary Mumbulla and Brenton Booth
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