Cushman & Wakefield champions inclusion in our workplace, with our thinking and our culture. Over the last 18 months the Australian team have collaborated with disability employment service Jobsupport to provide employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Jobsupport is a federally funded specialist service which places people with a moderate intellectual disability into open employment. Their team works with employers and the prospective employee to customise a job that meets a genuine need. Jobsupport are present for the entire onboarding process and are actively involved throughout ongoing employment.
Over the last 30 years Jobsupport has placed employees in roles with notable brands within New South Wales and Victoria. In October 2016, Cushman & Wakefield was proud to receive an award from Jobsupport at their Client Awards Ceremony for placing their 700th client into a valued, rewarding and empowering role with Cushman & Wakefield’s Melbourne office.
Today Cushman & Wakefield are proud to have five employees within Australia who were recruited through Jobsupport. Ashley Palm (Cushman & Wakefield Client Relationship Manager, Global Occupier Services) not only enabled the business to participate in the program, but has also assisted Jobsupport to secure a $350,000 grant with the Ian Potter Foundation which funded the expansion of the program in to Queensland.
After officially launching in the Sunshine State in January 2018, Michael Cox is the first Queensland Jobsupport assisted employee to commence working with a partnered organisation. Michael started his employment last Monday at Cushman & Wakefield’s Brisbane office, working with the office manager to coordinate the front of house facilities. Since expanding into Queensland, Jobsupport has received overwhelming interest from local organisations and will continue to work to place people into paid employment positions.
This growing partnership with Jobsupport further cements Cushman & Wakefield's commitment to diversity and inclusion, which forms part of Cushman & Wakefield's desire to be what's next in the property industry. Cushman & Wakefield are proud to have an ongoing commitment to inclusive employment as part of our vision for creating an inclusive skilled workforce of the future.