Shanks for the help

Sarah Craig with Shanks Butchers owner Ken Asquith. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493662
Sarah Craig with Shanks Butchers owner Ken Asquith. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493662

GREENWOOD business Shanks Butchers is helping to provide a future for graduate Sarah Craig.

The butchery recently partnered with disability employment service provider Bizlink to help it with diversity and inclusion targets.

In early 2018, Dianella College approached Bizlink to help Ms Craig transition from education to employment when she graduated that year.

At first she secured a work trial with Shanks Butchers, which led to a job offer as a retail assistant.

After three months, owner Ken Asquith offered Ms Craig the opportunity to begin a career as an apprentice butcher.

The Girrawheen resident said she jumped at the chance and has not looked back.

“Owners Ken and Kerry are awesome to work for; they genuinely care and want me to succeed,” Ms Craig said.

“Having a job gives me purpose. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time and it has helped me grow my independence.”

Ms Craig is now employed full-time with tasks including preparing meat for display, customer service, general cleaning duties and making sausages.

Bizlink marketing manager Steve Mangan said there were 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability.

“Of these, just over 1 million are employed,” he said.

“It is imperative that all employers do what they can to champion diversity and inclusion.

“Having a job creates a sense of self-worth and |purpose, creates hope and gives individuals the opportunity to further develop their skill sets and reach their full potential.

“Focusing on a person’s ability as opposed to their disability is the key – what can they do and what could they do with support from a progressive and forward-thinking employer who is willing to go the extra mile.”