APM was established 25 years ago to help people realise better and fuller lives. As Australia’s biggest provider of Disability Employment Services we know that for far too long People with Disability (PwD) have been excluded from the workplace and have suffered social and community isolation as a result.
Every day we work with hundreds of small and medium businesses across Australia and show them what great employees PwD are. Once these businesses see the value of building a diverse workforce they often come back to us when they have future vacancies.
It’s no secret that a job changes a life, but it doesn’t end there – a job for a Person with Disability helps them become a full and active member of society. The biggest barriers to employing them are outdated perceptions and it’s incumbent on all of us to break these down.
To help combat this APM has committed to:
- Work with Australian SMEs to dismantle perceptions and barriers and demonstrate the value of building a diverse workforce with People with Disability.
- Engage with the broader Australian community through traditional media, social media and community outreach to dismantle outdated perceptions.
- Continue to be a strong advocate with Government to drive and deliver disability employment programs that make a difference.
- As Australia’s first member of this important initiative, we commit to enlist a further three businesses to join The Valuable 500.