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Employment Connections Project 

Our innovative employment connections project is specifically designed to assist Employers/Organisations to grow their willingness and capabilities with employing people with Down syndrome. With our guidance and support, Employers will learn more about Down syndrome and become aware of misconceptions around intellectual disabilities and employment. The project also has a focus on providing support with providing accessible resources and materials that will assist with employment success with individuals with an intellectual disabilities. 

If employers want to look at advertising and finding an employee with an intellectual disability for their organisation, we assist in finding the right candidate. DSQ are able to support businesses through the process by offering support throughout the onboarding process and encouraging your organisation to be a champion of inclusion and help you build a diverse and talented team.

I’m looking for information on employing an individual with Down syndrome

If you are interested in some information being sent out to yourself about employing an individual with Down syndrome, please reach out to us via email at tgeorges@downsyndromeqld.org.au or fill out the form below.

We also have available information on our Resources page via this link which can provide some general starting resources.

I’m looking for an employee

The DSQ process for looking for an employee consists of 4 stages:

  1. Employment Catch Up Chat – DSQ will discuss with the organisation what potential positions or possible job carving opportunities may be present and develop a role that they need. We will also give information to businesses to 
  2. Promoting Positions – DSQ works with the business to develop a job description or a position that would be job carved. After doing so, DSQ will advertise via socials, and through our database to find potential candidates. 
  3. Interview process – Information will be provided to the employers on effective processes for their business to be more inclusive, and discuss effective communication and questions that will set the interview up for success.
  4. Job Offering – Once the business has offered the employment to the person with intellectual disability, they will be provided with tools to assist the individual in their role.

I want to prepare for employment

If you’re looking to find a job but not sure where to start, or you need some more skills first – then look no further! Join our free 8-week program that is skilling Queenslanders for work!

Meet DSA Employment Ambassador, Eoin

Eoin is employed by Coles, where he works both in fresh produce and in the bakery. He firmly believes that all individuals, including those with Down syndrome, have the right to work and that by supporting one another, anything can be achieved.

Down Syndrome Australia is showcasing success stories from individuals employed through their Right to Work project, aiming to challenge misconceptions surrounding hiring individuals with Down syndrome.

For more information visit: downsyndrome.org.au/right-to-work/

Get in touch!

If you’re ready to find the right place or person for you, complete the Employment Submission Form below. You can also contact the team on (07) 3356 6655 or send an email to tgeorges@downsyndromeqld.org.au.

We have an employment opportunity:

Become a Metal Prep Assistant at UNIDAN

Location: Yatala, Queensland

About the role

The Metal Prep Assistant assists in general cleaning and tidiness of workshop and company vehicles, as well as working with manufactured parts, either manually or with a machine. Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Deburring metal
  • Laser cut removal
  • General yard duties
  • Cleaning
  • Keep work vehicles clean and tidy
  • Assist with pick and packing

As this position is located in the UNIDAN workshop, there will be constant loud noises such as deburring, grinding, banging, drilling and echoing of heavy machinery usage. The right candidate would be able to be tolerate these noises for long period of time. Click here to hear an example of what you’ll hear in the workshop. 

The working shifts are standard to the open UNIDAN workshop hours, however working hours may be flexible based on the candidate. The workshop hours are: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 7 am – 1 pm

This is a paid position that will be paid at the award wage. 

The Metal Prep Assistant position is open to anybody with an Intellectual Disability that is interested in this line of work. Please note that this role is open to being job-carved.

To apply for this position, please email Toula Georges, at tgeorges@downsyndromeqld.org.au with any supporting documents such as resume/CV. If you do not have a resume or CV, we can support you with this process. 

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