Photo credit: Brimbank City Council

On 23rd May 2018, the team in Sunshine hosted their first Be Seen Diversity Career Fair. The event aimed to bring together Campbell Page customers and partner employers in an informal setting to chat about potential work opportunities.

Doors opened at 10:30am, with many customers waiting eagerly with resumes to show the employers. A total of 90 Campbell Page customers and 14 partner employers were in attendance, with 40+ interviews being organised by the conclusion of the event at 1 pm. The Campbell Page National Disability Employment Services Employer Partnership Manager, Cassandra Warin said she expects there will be many more interviews scheduled by the end of this week.

The 14 partner employers in attendance included Adecco, Toll Group, Drake International, OzStaff, MEGT, Specialised Recruitment Services, Jesuit Social Services, The Smith Family, Uniting Lentara, ICP Health and Home Instead Senior Care.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018)

Our team in Sunshine and our employers all want the same thing. To support the customers and to build inclusive workplaces and that is really what the event was about. – Cassandra

One of the customers in attendance, Carolyn, was initially hesitant about going up to employers and talking to them. She was pleasantly surprised when not five minutes after going up to Home Instead Senior Care she was offered an interview.

Similarly, Adecco were so impressed with the customers who approached them that they had already highlighted several who would be perfect fits for the job opportunities they were looking to fill.

Also in attendance was Brimbank Council Lord Mayor, Margaret Giudice who was incredibly supportive of the event as it aligned with the inclusive focus the council has.

As employers and customers discussed opportunities, there were light refreshments being offered and coffee being made by Campbell Page customers in their makeshift cafe, The Welcome BEan Cafe. These customers had recently undertaken training by Jesuit Social Services, who were among the 14 employers in attendance, in the Sunshine office and were keen to show off their skills.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018) Customers showing off their barista skills

Their skills and confidence were growing by the second and they were being given real work experience because the coffee was so good that the orders just kept coming in! – Emine Jeffrey, Regional Manager Westgate

The Be Seen in 2018 Diversity Career Fair was a great, informal networking event that looks to have been so successful that another is being planned for October 2018.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison