CASE STUDYPILOT TRAINEESHIPEmbracing people’stalents regardless ofAbility or disAbility  Faith Maddalena
The Department of Families, Housing,                            Community Services and                        Indigenous A...
Pilot Traineeship for People with      Intellectual Disability• In August 2009, FaHCSIA employed five people with intellec...
Where did the idea come from?• Management Advisory Committee 6 (MAC6) Report on   Employment of People with Disability acr...
2009 - 2011 People StrategyAn attractive and flexible employment framework:• Developing a traineeship for people with inte...
Inception• Consultation over some months to discuss how APS may meet   the objectives of the MAC6 Report with:       o a n...
Initial steps• Discussions with Senior Management on how best we could   achieve MAC 6: Objective 4• Proposal to FaHCSIA E...
Partnering with ManagersIn April 2009, an information session was held for interested   managers with key external stakeho...
Training for SupervisorsAll supervisors in successful areas attended training in:• Fostering and promoting an inclusive le...
AdvertisingPositions were advertised using the Special Measures in:• The Australian Public Service Gazette• The FaHCSIA we...
Interviews and Selection• Forty applicants• Twenty candidates were interviewed over two days   The panel included:• Chairp...
Commencement and Induction• Five trainees commenced with the Department on 10 August 2009• A two-week, modified induction ...
Business Certificate II• Training sessions were conducted fortnightly• JCE Positive Outcomes was the Registered Training O...
Mentoring Program Implemented    Each trainee was linked to a mentor, trained specifically in                 mentoring st...
Progress = ChangeAlong the way there have been a number of changes:• One trainee resigned• A new trainee commenced in Febr...
Review and Lessons LearnedFindings for future programs – AND review of Traineeship included:• A structured process to supp...
AchievementsSeptember 2009, the Traineeship raised in Senate Estimates• Morning tea at Parliament House with then Parliame...
Achievements – continued• The ACT Chief Minister’s Department implemented a program   modelled on FaHCSIA’s in 2010• Sever...
Success• Four Trainees graduated as completing the traineeship 2011• A Graduation Ceremony held with Senator the Hon. Jan ...
Future Programs• FaHCSIA has endorsed Future Programs with the next program to   commence in 2012                         ...
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  1. 1. CASE STUDYPILOT TRAINEESHIPEmbracing people’stalents regardless ofAbility or disAbility Faith Maddalena
  2. 2. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)• FaHCSIA is the Australian Governments main source of advice on social policy and manages about one fifth of the federal budget• FaHCSIA works in partnership with other government and non- government organisations managing a diverse range of programs and services designed to support and improve the lives of Australians Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  3. 3. Pilot Traineeship for People with Intellectual Disability• In August 2009, FaHCSIA employed five people with intellectual disability to complete an 18 month traineeship• The traineeship included completion of Certificate II in Business AdministrationEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  4. 4. Where did the idea come from?• Management Advisory Committee 6 (MAC6) Report on Employment of People with Disability across the APS• Objective 4 – Special employment measures to employ people with intellectual disability• Supported by special measures under the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 1999Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  5. 5. 2009 - 2011 People StrategyAn attractive and flexible employment framework:• Developing a traineeship for people with intellectual disability• The traineeship program was the first of its kind in the APSEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  6. 6. Inception• Consultation over some months to discuss how APS may meet the objectives of the MAC6 Report with: o a number of APS Agencies o the Australian Public Service Commission o Capital Careers – Registered Training Organisation (RTO) o the Australian Network on Disability (AND)Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  7. 7. Initial steps• Discussions with Senior Management on how best we could achieve MAC 6: Objective 4• Proposal to FaHCSIA Executive Management Group requesting a budget commitment to implement the Pilot Traineeship• FaHCSIA Senior Disability Champion announced the program on International Day for People with Disability, 2008Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  8. 8. Partnering with ManagersIn April 2009, an information session was held for interested managers with key external stakeholders invited including:• CEO - Australian Network on Disability (AND)• Director - Capital Careers (RTO)• Chair - Network of Employment and Training Agencys (NETA)Expressions of Interest received from various Branches in FaHCSIAFive Branches in FaHCSIA successfully nominated to take a TraineeEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  9. 9. Training for SupervisorsAll supervisors in successful areas attended training in:• Fostering and promoting an inclusive learning culture• Acknowledging and respecting individual differences• Provide instruction in a safe and comfortable environment• Communication and interpersonal skills• Managing a person with disabilityEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  10. 10. AdvertisingPositions were advertised using the Special Measures in:• The Australian Public Service Gazette• The FaHCSIA website• The Canberra Times• Disability Works AustraliaEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  11. 11. Interviews and Selection• Forty applicants• Twenty candidates were interviewed over two days The panel included:• Chairperson – Manager from Disability and Carers Policy Branch• Suzanne Colbert – CEO of Australian Network on Disability• Faith Maddalena – Work Life Diversity Team, People BranchEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  12. 12. Commencement and Induction• Five trainees commenced with the Department on 10 August 2009• A two-week, modified induction process, included:• OHS• Fraud and Protective Security• Code of Conduct Celebration and launch of the program with the then FaHCSIA Secretary Dr Jeff Harmer and distinguished guestsEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  13. 13. Business Certificate II• Training sessions were conducted fortnightly• JCE Positive Outcomes was the Registered Training Organisation responsible for the training• Training was part of work - the trainees were paid to attendEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  14. 14. Mentoring Program Implemented Each trainee was linked to a mentor, trained specifically in mentoring staff with disability, with the aim of:• a better experience of work• improved retention and• better career outcomes after the traineeshipEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  15. 15. Progress = ChangeAlong the way there have been a number of changes:• One trainee resigned• A new trainee commenced in February 2010 - employed using the order of merit• Supervisor Changes• A change in the Registered Training Organisation• One trainee moved to Perth, continuing his traineeship in the FaHCSIA Perth State OfficeEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  16. 16. Review and Lessons LearnedFindings for future programs – AND review of Traineeship included:• A structured process to support unsuccessful applicants• Mandatory training for managers and supervisors• Introduction of work trials for preferred applicants• An extended timeframe for induction• Improved communication processes between stakeholdersEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  17. 17. AchievementsSeptember 2009, the Traineeship raised in Senate Estimates• Morning tea at Parliament House with then Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Bill Shorten; and Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities• Program nominated for a diversity@work Employment and Inclusion Award in 2010• Supervisors nominated for an ACT Chief Ministers award 2010Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  18. 18. Achievements – continued• The ACT Chief Minister’s Department implemented a program modelled on FaHCSIA’s in 2010• Several other departments have expressed interest in piloting similar programsEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  19. 19. Success• Four Trainees graduated as completing the traineeship 2011• A Graduation Ceremony held with Senator the Hon. Jan McLucas, Disability and Carers Parliamentary Secretary attending• The then Secretary Dr Jeff Harmer announced on - going positions to successful graduated trainees, under the: o Circular 2010/2: Engagement of people with disability through disability employment service providersEmbracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability
  20. 20. Future Programs• FaHCSIA has endorsed Future Programs with the next program to commence in 2012 Questions?Embracing people’s talents, regardless of ability or disability

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