As one of the country’s fastest-growing employment providers, Sureway Employment and Training is delighted to announce the appointment of Paralympic Gold Medallist Sprinter Scott Reardon as the face of their Disability Employment Service (DES) program.
To commemorate the new partnership, the two-time defending world champion will attend five events across New South Wales and South Australia. The tour will commence in Wagga and incorporate the launch of Sureway’s successful expansion of DES contracts into over 50 new locations across South Eastern Australia from July 1.
Matthew Hall, CEO of Sureway says the appointment of Mr. Reardon as the DES Ambassador comes at a significant time for the organisation as the Wagga-based provider also celebrates its 20th year of delivering employment services.
“Sureway is celebrating our 20th anniversary in employment services in 2018 and over the next few months as a business we will experience significant growth right across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, taking us close to 350 employees. The expansion in our DES contracts will extend our current reach, and further enable people with a disability to access Sureway’s employment services and receive the support they need to find a job.”
Mr. Hall says Scott Reardon will be a fantastic custodian of the Sureway brand. “Scott became a global household name after his historic 100m T42 gold at Rio in 2016, and his incredible story and talent makes him very accessible to a broad audience. Born and raised in Temora, Scott has a strong connection with regional Australia and is very familiar with the services that Sureway provides for our clients. He will play a very special role in encouraging those with a disability to find and keep a job.”
The two-time former World champion water skier who received the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2017 knows all too well the job limitations that come with a disability after he became a leg amputee aged 12 in a farming accident.
“I am honoured to have been chosen to perform this important role, and I welcome the opportunity to give back to an organisation that has been a lifeline for many. Australians with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without a disability and I hope my story will promote the DES program to job seekers and employers across rural & regional NSW, VIC and South Australia and metropolitan Adelaide. Ultimately, we hope to increase the number of people with a disability participating in the workforce across our local areas”.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said Sureway’s presence throughout the Riverina and Central West provided a vital service which helped keep unemployment levels below the national average.
“Congratulations to founder Judy Galloway and the whole team at Sureway for assisting job seekers in rural and regional Australia for the past 20 years,” Mr McCormack said.
“The expansion of the Disability Employment Service program is testament to the dedication of Sureway to provide the support for people with a disability to successfully enter the workforce.”
Scott Reardon will address guests in Wagga at an invitation event to share his inspirational story on April 17 and will also be appearing in Adelaide, Albury, Dubbo, and Orange later this month.
The Wagga event will be held at Uneke Warehouse, 140 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga
Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 5.30pm
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