The management at MRI E-Cycle Solutions know that the key to building a strong team is to ‘perfectly match’ an employee’s skills to the roles and requirements of the business. Using this strategy, and with the support of local employment services provider and CoAct member, Workways, MRI E-Cycle Solutions has not only created a thriving business, they’ve also given back tremendously to their community. You see, a large portion of MRI E-Cycle Solutions’ staff are people with a disability, who are often overlooked by employers who fear they are not up to the task.
"The key to building a strong team is to ‘perfectly match’ an employee’s skills to the roles and requirements of the business"
Seven years ago, MRI E-Cycle Solutions management approached Workways looking for staff. Since that time, the two organisations have built up a trusted partnership, and MRI E-Cycle Solutions now works exclusively with Workways for all their recruitment needs. Together, they place on average between 12-15 people with a disability into employment each year.
"MRI E-Cycle Solutions now works exclusively with Workways/Advance for all their recruitment needs."
The basis of this trusted partnership is an in-depth understanding of the needs of the business and a shared desire to support people within the local community to transition into employment. With the help of Workways, MRI has developed highly flexible and supportive business processes that ensure that candidates are matched perfectly to specific tasks and roles based on their capabilities and skills, so they can be successful in the work they do from day one.
The recruitment process begins with an intensive pre-screening and matching process, developed exclusively for MRI by Workways DES Regional Manager (ACT), Marcus Caldwell and his team. The process includes a panel-style interview to establish the candidate’s interest in the role, their capabilities and support needs. Together, Marcus and the team also develop a transition plan to address any skills gaps the candidate may have, or implement training so they can attain the necessary tickets or accreditation, and to prepare the candidate for interviews and workplace expectations.
"The recruitment process begins with an intensive pre-screening and matching process, developed exclusively for MRI by Workways..."
A member of the Workways team attends work with the participant on their first day, to ensure they are comfortable, understand their tasks and role, and can ask any questions. They are also introduced to MRI Supervisor, Rhys, who himself has a disability. He is not only a supportive contact for new staff, he is also a role model, as he has progressed from being a front-line worker to being a Supervisor. Rhys actively works with each new employee to support them to develop pathway and career goals for themselves. He goes above and beyond to ensure that each person is matched with the exact tasks and roles that will enhance their skills and talents, and provides flexible conditions that consider each participant's individual circumstances.
"It is this detailed, highly-flexible and intuitive approach to recruitment that has made MRI successful in helping so many people with a disability transition into work."
It is this detailed, highly-flexible and intuitive approach to recruitment that has made MRI successful in helping so many people with a disability transition into work. In recognition of their efforts over the past seven years, MRI E-Cycle Solutions was named this year’s CoAct Employer of the Year, at a special ceremony in Brisbane in May. Speaking about the employer at the awards ceremony, CoAct CEO, Matt Little, said MRI was the perfect example of an employer truly getting involved in the local community. “We all have a part to play in helping to bring greater diversity to Australia’s workforce. MRI have shown a commitment not only to employing people with a disability, but to ensuring they thrive in their roles,” Mr Little said.
Employer partnerships play a critical role in supporting employment services providers, like Workways and other members of the CoAct network, to help disadvantaged Australians find work.
If you’re an employer looking for your next team member, or want to give back to your local community, why not contact your local CoAct member. Click here for the service provider nearest you.