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By Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a social enterprise that trains and transitions people with disability into mainstream employment. We have a simple vision for the future: an Australia where people with disability are fully included in the workforce. Jigsaw’s innovative, end-to-end pathway to employment addresses many of the barriers which make people with disability one of the most disadvantaged groups when it comes to employment. When trainees join Jigsaw, they start progressing through our three-stage model: - Jigsaw Academy - work-based training in 20 core, transferable work skills, alongside work experience. - Jigsaw Digital - supported employment in our digitisation business, paid at award-wage - Jigsaw Connect - supported transition to mainstream employment with a diverse, inclusive and disability-confident employer. Jigsaw Mt Gravatt opened in March 2020 with 18 trainees with disability. Since then, we have grown to 125 trainees and have 5 business clients. Already, 17 of our trainees have transitioned to stage 2 of our model - paid employment in Jigsaw’s digitisation business - and one person has taken up a trainer role at Jigsaw, demonstrating that they have improved their skills so much that they can now train others in them. As we continue to grow, our capacity to bring on new business clients and accept larger contracts also increases. In turn, we can welcome more trainees to work on them. This also increases our need for equipment. We are currently setting up more “work zones” in our digitisation business to continue our growth and deliver on work for our government and corporate clients. We are requesting support for equipment including scanners (for scanning historic, paper records and converting these to a digital format) and computers to use for the associated file and information management of these records.

The equipment that we are requesting with this project will directly facilitate training and award-wage employment for people with disability in the Griffith electorate, and will contribute to their pathway to mainstream employment. Employment is a key driver of community and economic participation - people gain access to social networks and connections at work, and increase their income to be able to access more of the community participation opportunities they choose. Additionally, through Jigsaw’s digitisation business, people with disability deliver work that is important to the local community. Our business clients include QLD Govt Department of Transport and Main Roads and Brisbane City, Redland and Logan City councils. The outcomes we hope to achieve with this project are: - To increase our capacity to train and employ people with disability at Jigsaw Mt Gravatt including creating 6 FTE equivalent paid positions for people with disability plus 15 traineeships - To increase our capacity to deliver on contracts for clients and recruit new business clients. The outcomes for people with disability who progress through the Jigsaw pathway are: - Increased job readiness skills & confidence - A job on their CV and a mainstream job to transition into - Stronger social connections, contacts and friendships. - Secure, sustainable employment, with their first mainstream job lasting more than 24 months.