The Police Credit Union (PCU) have been helping thousands of South Australians and Territorians achieve their financial goals since 1970. At Police Credit Union they are inspired by their values-driven commitment to superior service, financial prudence, honesty and integrity.
PCU live by their motto of ‘Better Banking’ and provide support to like-minded community organisations. With this in mind, when a PCU employee approached the People and Culture team asking whether they could provide work experience opportunities for people with disability, they jumped at the chance. As Annie Rafferty, People and Culture Manager at PCU mentions “through this request, we saw the opportunity to expand our diversity & inclusion strategy and proposed to implement a monthly work experience program with the view to creating a meaningful position for an individual with an intellectual disability.” Annie continues “The Police Credit Union have a long history in supporting and fundraising for people with disability and now through Barkuma and the work experience program, more people have built greater awareness.”
As the months went on Annie and the PCU team could see the value Barkuma job seekers added to their business and have employed Jackson 2 days per week. Annie says “we had a genuine requirement for administration support and in partnership with Barkuma, we were able to find the right fit for our role.” Jackson’s duties include filing, data entry and general administrative tasks.
Since joining the team Jackson has really immersed himself in the PCU culture. Annie said “Jackson is very much part of the People & Culture. He loves the social club and fundraising activities and has developed a great confidence in the work and teams he engages with.” To anyone considering employing a person with a disability Annie says “build this into your diversity strategy and just do it! Your people will develop a deeper sense of commitment and pride in your organisation.”
For more information about employing a Barkuma job seeker visit: https://www.barkuma.com.au/get-involved/provide-employment