Andrew recognised for dedicated service

Andrew Rakich is popular with both co-workers and |customers at GSI’s Perth store. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d408793
Andrew Rakich is popular with both co-workers and |customers at GSI’s Perth store. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d408793

GSI chief executive John Knowles said Mr Rakich had worked all over Perth and now worked in the city store on Murray Street, where he was much loved by his co-workers and customers.

While working in Perth, Mr Rakich has taken self-development courses and GSI training courses, and completed qualifications including a Certificate 1 in Retail Operations.

GSI is a WA Disability Enterprise, one of a group of charities that together employs more than 2000 people who have a disability or a mental illness.

Others include the Activ Foundation, Goodwill Engineering, Intework, Spine and Limb Foundation, Westcare and Workpower.

In the last Budget, the State Government allocated $457,000 over four years to allow these organisations to employ an executive officer to help secure government and businesses contracts.

Disability Services Minister Helen Morton last week announced that state government departments could now purchase Disability Enterprise services without going to tender, providing they met value and quality standards.

The initiative is designed to cut red tape and create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.