At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Kapiti, Keay Bishop and Sue Hanrahan provided information about the activities of Workbridge in their quest for employment placement of disabled people.
Keay is the area manager of Workbridge, and she devotes significant time to the Kapiti operation, which has large success to their credit over many years. Keay gave a detailed explanation of the background to Workbridge and provided facts that were most enlightening for the audience of Rotarians and guests.
Workbridge was established in 1931 to assist injured and disabled personnel from armed conflict in the First World War in becoming employed. The concentration on returned servicemen soon branched out to any others who suffered from handicaps of many varieties. Today, Workbridge has 100 consultants in 22 locations throughout New Zealand, and is a ‘not-for-profit’ organization that is entirely funded by the Ministry of Social Development. Over the past 10 years, Workbridge has placed over 40,000 people in jobs in both the the government sector and private enterprise throughout the country.
‘It is important to emphasise, that we provide a free service to both employers and applicants. We offer free advice to private enterprise on how to accommodate disabled employees, which is mainly a change in thinking, rather than the provision of any costly facilities’ said Ms Bishop.