This article was published by Pine Rivers Press.
Strathpine’s Lollipops Café is finding employees that work a treat
1 in 5 Australians have some form of a disability but only make up 10% of the national workforce, as recent ABS data shows.
Yet, 90% of employers who hired someone with a disability say they would do it again, according to a study in the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Bulletin.
Luke Richters, owner of Strathpine’s Lollipops Café, explained how Mylestones Employment, a Disability Employment Service, based at Strathpine,
provided that support.
“I didn’t have any hesitation when it came to hiring a person with disability, I just wanted to make sure they had the right support,” Mr Richters said.
Ms Wintzlof began as a kitchen hand; making coffees, assisting with food preparation, packing and delivering orders and cleaning tables.
As her confidence has grown, Ms Wintzlof has been given more responsibilities; training to take orders at the cafe and cooking alongside her co-workers whenever they need an extra hand.
It was the icing on the cake for the young woman, who enjoys every task, and says the job has become like a second home.
“It’s like a massive family; our own little community.
“Everyone joins together, helps each other, it’s really great,” Ms Wintzlof said.
820,000 Queenslanders identify as having a disability, many of whom are eager for an opportunity to work. It’s a figure that Luke it determined to change, and a growing number of businesses are agreeing with him, recognising that a key part of a great business is in diversifying staff.
“Brittany is an asset to our team. All she needed was a bit of extra support in the beginning, all of which Mylestones provided, and now she’s flourishing.
“If any business was thinking about employing a person with disability, I would quite simply say: give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose. But certainly a lot to gain.”
To find a hardworking employee for your business, get in touch with Mylestones Employment on 1300 ME JOBS (1300 635 627) or check out them out online.