Kincumber Library will be featured as one of the workplaces in the three-part factual series, Employable Me, that premieres on April 3, 8:30 pm on ABC and ABC iview.
Produced by Northern Pictures (Changing Minds, Ice Wars), Employable Me follows people with diverse neuro conditions to draw attention to barriers they have gaining meaningful employment. Council Acting Unit Manager Libraries, Ms Beth Burgess, said it was a privilege to be involved in such an incredible series that brings to light the benefit of hiring someone with a disability. “Last year our Libraries were approached by Breakthru to organise work placement for Krystyna, who is studying to be a Library Technician, through TAFE, and was keen for experience in a local library,” Ms Burgess said.
“During filming, Krystyna embraced the opportunity to learn new skills and work as part of the team. “Our staff enjoyed working alongside Krystyna to help her develop new skills and gain experience to support her career aspirations. “Staff found it an incredibly uplifting experience, being able to help someone harness their strengths and skills. “Due to the success of Krystyna’s placement, she since returned for additional work experience in February to assist with further development of her workplace skills. “I am eager to watch the series and see how each of the nine participants featured in their job search unfolds,” Ms Burgess said.
Kincumber Library will feature on the program on April 10. Central Coast Council’s Director, Connected Communities, Ms Julie Vaughan, said Council will continue working with other government agencies, community groups, service providers and businesses to help community members with a disability gain meaningful employment. “Supporting access to meaningful employment is a key outcome of our Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which aims to create an inclusive and accessible community for everyone on the Coast,” Ms Vaughan said.
“People with disabilities are a vital part of our community. “This plan will allow individuals and their families to participate in all aspects of community life by providing improved access to Council services and facilities,” she added. There are 58 actions listed in the Plan for Council to implement over a four year period.
Source: Media release, Mar 28 Central Coast Council Media