The Dylan Alcott Foundation has teamed up with Figurehead Construction to provide a scholarship for emerging construction hopefuls with disabilities.
The scholarship grants the opportunity to study construction and access to Figurehead’s cadet program to anyone with a disability.
The initiative is part of a wider campaign by the Foundation called Remove the Barrier, which launched in August of this year, and asks Australians to remove invisible barriers preventing people with disabilities finding work.
Champion Australian wheelchair tennis and basketball player Dylan Alcott launched the campaign in collaboration with BWM Dentsu Melbourne and Dentsu Aegis Network to raise awareness of the issue and promote industrial change.
“The unemployment rate for people with a disability is twice that of the general population and that’s shameful,” said Alcott.
“When people with disability look for work, it’s often what we don’t see that is the biggest barrier – that of unconscious bias. This invisible barrier is at the core of the campaign and is what The Dylan Alcott Foundation and the young people with disability involved in the campaign are asking businesses and individuals to remove.”
Alcott is also the founder of Get Skilled Access, a consultancy firm which educates businesses to improve accessibility for customers and employees with disability.
Conecta has reached out to the Dylan Alcott Foundation for comment, and will provide an update upon receipt.
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