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Tech jobs offering new opportunities for persons with disabilities

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A team of workers at Makeables, an employment arm of disability service provider Multicap, are being trained to perform critical tolling technology verification activities.

Transurban’s Senior Manager Public Affairs Queensland Ruth Moody said the partnership had created opportunities for people with a disability to gain skills working with leading technology.

“We know technology is driving new jobs and careers, and people with a disability should be included in the workplace of the future,” Mrs Moody said.

“Our approach is helping these workers realise their potential, including by tapping into their unique skill sets.”

Our innovative road tolling technology and cameras, provided in partnership with Q-Free, a global innovator in intelligent transportation systems, uses automation to capture vehicle and number plate details, which the team then reviews as part of our regular technology auditing.

“We’re excited to provide Multicap employees the chance to gain an insight into the technology world and build their skills in understanding how the tech helps keep people moving on our roads,” said Mrs Moody.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy meaningful work and we hope more Australian businesses see the huge potential in employing people with disability.”

Multicap’s General Manager Employment Tony Burns, said the opportunity aimed to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.

“We are committed to providing meaningful employment opportunities for our supported employees” said Mr Burns.

“Our unique blend of social enterprises and commercial relationships allow us to partner with many brands to help them grow sustainably.”

Multicap employees were cherry-picked for the task after demonstrating an interest in working with systems and technology.

Program participant and Multicap supported employee, Adam Abouelola, is thrilled to be involved.

“I’m excited and happy to be learning new skills working as part of the Q-Free and Transurban partnership,” he said.

“My goal is to become independent at work.”

With work environments becoming increasingly automated, the skills Multicap is providing these workers is helping adapt skills to meet the needs of their people and continue providing opportunities which may not be available in a mainstream work environment.

Silje Troseth, General Manager for Q-Free Australia said the project started with Transurban and Q-Free seeking to work together on sustainability projects to create social value.

“It was important to us that the work we would provide to MulitCap was core to our technology offer so that it would be undertake on a regular basis thereby providing ongoing, sustainable and meaningful work.”

“This is a great example where we can drive the change,create awareness and inspire other companies in Australia on the possibility with social procurement and social impact.

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