Warren Herbert doesn’t believe his disability should be a barrier to working, and thanks to a partnership between OCS Nelson and Workbridge it hasn’t been.
Mr Herbert has been a cleaner with the local facilities management services company for almost two years – and the partnership which saw him get his job has been recognised again, with OCS Nelson winning Workbridge’s Above and Beyond Employer Award for the second year in a row.
Mr Herbert says OCS has worked closely with him and his needs to ensure he can do the role – and do It well.
Working at a large retail store and one of Nelson’s largest public colleges, Mr Herbert says his intellectual disability and learning disorder hasn’t impacted his ability to get the job done.
“Having a disability shouldn’t be an obstacle to getting a job, but unfortunately many companies can see a disability as a liability, rather than an opportunity.
“I encourage more companies to follow the example OCS has set.”
OCS Nelson operations manager, Alan Courtney says “everybody deserves the chance to get out in the workforce.”
OCS Nelson has been a partner of Workbridge since 2004 and in the last three years has placed 34 people into available roles ranging from contract and site supervisors to security guards and cleaners.
Mr Courtney says in the year just been, OCS has successfully filled seven of the 13 roles with the help of Workbridge.
“We’re extremely proud of the number of people we’ve employed over the years and the people that continue to work for us.”
Mr Courtney says Workbridge is fantastic to work with as they offer support and advice and visit employers on site if needed, so all team members have a good understanding of ways they can help new employees settle into their new role.
"The workers here are always keen, always on time and do excellent work."
Workbridge Nelson team leader, Nicola Zielinski says it was a pleasure to present OCS Nelson with the award for a second year in a row.
“Routine is important for Warren’s wellbeing and OCS being a supportive employer has provided Warren with this, and when it has not worked out on one site OCS has been able to accommodate with something more suitable.
“It is a big deal and it is a way of working we encourage other employers to follow.”
Workbridge is a specialist employment service that gives employers access to a wide talent pool of people with a disability, injury or illness.
Employers who may be able to provide work for people with disabilities can call Workbridge Nelson on 03 546 7560.