During 2017, Penrith City Council, in collaboration with Blue Mountains City Council and Hawkesbury City Council, formed the Nepean Jobs for All project. The purpose of the project was to build awareness and capacity with large employers and small business in the Nepean area to employ people with a disability. One element of the project involved holding Business Breakfast Forums aiming to bring together local business leaders and employers to promote the employment of people with a disability.
Penrith City Council contracted the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI) at UTS to conduct research to independently monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the Business Breakfast Forums. This was done by attending and contributing to scheduled breakfast information sessions, designing and administering a survey on employer perceptions around disability and carrying out interviews and case studies.
This report summarises the findings from that evaluation. It provides recommendations on the key steps the Council could undertake to increase awareness among businesses regarding employment of people with disabilities. It also discusses the key blockages businesses currently face when they wish to employ a person with a disability.
For more information contact Dr Natalia Nikolova.