So Australian Wool Handlers WA employee James Shea was relieved to be offered the opportunity to work in the company’s quarantine cleaning and logistics sector in Spearwood.
Mr Shea had been out of work since badly injuring his knee at a previous job, but found a suitable role at AWH WA, where he has been employed for more than a year.
‘After hurting the knee, it was about making sure that I was in a job that was safe,’ he said.
‘I now have that and the security that comes with earning a fortnightly wage.’
Mr Shea’s story is one of many successes achieved in a partnership between AWH WA and CRS Australia, an employment service for people with a disability, injury or health condition.
So far, 23 workers have been placed at the business, with AWH WA general manager John Ward saying the key focus was to find candidates who were keen to work.
‘While I understand it is important that we know of any potential issues, challenges and barriers an individual may have, what is more important to us is employing motivated candidates who will participate in a safe and diverse workplace,’ he said.