FEROS Care All-Inclusive Employment Expo was held in Proserpine, last month, where community members could discover pathways to employment, education, and volunteering, particularly for those with disabilities or barriers to work.
Coles supplied the catering for the event and Cannonvale Coles store support manager Shae Choueir spoke with local community members about employment and work experience opportunities at Coles, to show its commitment to ensuring the workplace is welcoming to those with a disability.
Ms Choueir was thrilled with the interactions she had and looks forward to seeing more disabled people seeking employment at Coles.
“I was really proud to represent Coles and the community itself was super excited to see Coles there,” she said.
“They were fascinated to find out that we offer 100 hours of community service, so their clients can come in and their loved ones can come in and spend some time in the store and get to know what we actually do and what we can offer.
“They can come in and do some work experience and see how they find it. Then, when we have a position available, we can walk them through the process and help them apply for roles that may be fitted to them.
“Everybody is different and everybody can work in different roles, so it was a good opportunity for them to find that out.”
In the 2022 financial year, Coles ranked number one for accessible recruitment and selections, and was ranked number three in the access and inclusion index.
Coles also has 414 stores, including Cannonvale, offering Quiet Hour – with dimmed lighting and low volume music – to provide a safe and accessible shopping experience.