A new multi-million dollar employment hub opening today will create jobs for more than 100 young people living with a disability across Logan.
The search is on for teenagers from local high schools and young people with disability to begin on-the-job training in administration and supply chain roles, including forklift driver, administration officer, packaging, product assembly, and warehousing.
Queensland’s leading disability employment charity, Help Enterprises, has spent $3.3 million on the Crestmead Centre of Excellence, which it says will tackle youth unemployment head-on.
Help Enterprises CEO Kerry Browne said it was designed to be a place where students in Years 10 to 12 build skills and confidence, so they can transition into full-time work once they graduate from high school. Currently, there are 3000 students with a disability who attend schools in the Logan and Brisbane Southside area.
“These are young adults who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” Mr Browne said.
“Through the centre, they’re getting hands-on experience and skills that they can continue to take into the workforce, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer 100 jobs.”
Mitchell Grey is one of the many job seekers who has been employed by Help Enterprises.
“I really wanted to get a job and get money and have somewhere to go after I finish Year 12 and now I do have somewhere to go,” he said. “I’m really thankful for that.”
The facility has been made possible thanks to a $1 million donation from Queensland charity Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark said they were proud to support an organisation which helped give young adults with disability the same opportunities as other people their age.
“Help Enterprises is not only providing employment opportunities but educational opportunities to suitably equip young people with a disability to forge a future for themselves,” Mr Mark said.
Help Enterprises has been helping people with a disability for 50 years. The organisation, which is headquartered at Eagle Farm, employs more than 950 people, 350 of whom have a disability. Jobs include building metal rubbish bin enclosures supplied to Brisbane City Council and assembling airline travel kits. HELP has 6 Employment Offices in and around Logan to assist job seekers with their journey to open employment.
Photo: Freemasons and HELP employees celebrate the official opening of Help Enterprises' $3.3 million dollar Crestmead Centre of Excellence.