Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Technology Leveraged To Assist Disabled New Zealanders

Technology Leveraged To Assist Disabled New Zealanders

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the lives of up to 3,500 New Zealanders with disability, injury or illness who are assisted into employment each year by Workbridge.

Workbridge is a nationwide professional employment agency for disabled people with all types of disability, injury and illness.

“Workbridge engages with employers all over the country to provide an individual recruitment service for people with disability, injury and illness,” said Workbridge Chief Executive, Grant Cleland.

“We employ 130 staff in 22 offices nationwide and they need mobility and connectivity in order to most effectively do their jobs. “

“We have partnered with Vodafone to analyse our business and to deliver innovative technology that increases the efficiency of our staff and their success in getting New Zealanders into the workforce,” he said.

Vodafone conducted a review of Workbridge technology and systems in 2013 and then commenced rolling out a range of products and services aimed at making Workbridge more agile and successful.

To date, that has included:
• Introduction of smart phones for employment consultants
• Replacement of traditional phone lines with an in-cloud hosted telephony solution
• Development of a framework to introduce Vodafone Video Conferencing, a cloud-based, managed service providing video connectivity to a high standard and with managed costs

“We are working with Workbridge to utilize video technology to bring employees, disabled jobseekers and employers closer together” said Graham Wood, Vodafone Key Account Manager.

“This is likely to increase uptake and improve the efficiency of each employment placement.

“Workbridge understands the potential to utilise technology to increase productivity, enhance effectiveness and to reduce down-time to meet their organisational goals,” he said.

Workbridge anticipates playing an increasingly important role in the New Zealand employment landscape.

“We have an ageing population and disability increases with age,” said Grant Cleland.

“Many New Zealand businesses are starting to recognise that trend and are actively considering opportunities to include disabled jobseekers in their workforce.

“The 2006 census showed that 75% of disabled people in the workforce only need flexibility in the workplace in order to contribute. Disabled people also tend to stay longer at jobs, be more loyal and have lower than average rates of absenteeism.”

“Overall, relatively small numbers need workplace supports such as specific equipment and workplace modifications. Workbridge administers Support Funds on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development to assist with these additional disability-related workplace support costs.”

“Our aim is to build a relationship with employers, where we can assist each workplace to become more confident to support their disabled staff.”

“We are also working with large employers such as Vodafone to access a broader range of jobs for disabled jobseekers.”

“Disabled people make great employees and we want to utilise technology to get that message into more and more New Zealand businesses,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news