Employment business broadens skills thanks to grant funding

Caption (L-R): Multicap’s Business Development Manager, General Manager Employment, supported employees, and Ross Vasta MP at Makeables in Tingalpa.

Multicap employment business, Makeables proudly hosted a visit from Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP, to view its facilities and a brand-new pallet wrapper that will create efficiencies and new skills for supported employees.

The pallet wrapper was purchased with $6,000 funding from Australian government’s Stronger Communities Programme grant which is aimed at making local economies stronger and boosting community organisations.

Multicap General Manager Employment Tony Burns is excited about the possibilities that the new equipment presents for the Makeables team. 

“The addition of this equipment at Makeables in Tingalpa will significantly impact warehouse productivity and provide staff with skill development opportunities which may lead to increased employment opportunities in mainstream employment.  

“We’ve upgraded from a manual wrapper which was strenuous and slow to use, requiring two people to use,” Tony said.

“We can now wrap products at least ten times faster and introduce the team to new skills in our commercial warehouse.

Mr Vasta said businesses like Makeables are vital to our community and provide opportunities for people with disability to find employment and thrive. 

“It was great to be back at Makeables to see firsthand hand how much the business has grown, as well as the employment opportunities and supports they are providing for people with disability,” Mr Vasta said. 

“I am proud to have delivered Federal government funding to this incredible business through the Stronger Communities Programme.

“This grant has gone directly into the business to increase productivity and capacity, boost employment, and provide training opportunities for their employees. 

“Makeables is now delivering high quality assembly, packing and finishing for some big brands with big orders and it’s wonderful to see the supported employees enjoying interesting and important work.

“Only through a strong economy can we continue to invest back into our communities and support businesses like Makeables.” 

A training schedule will be implemented to ensure employees are adequately trained to use the new pallet wrapper.

Initially the wrapper will be utilised at the Makeables warehouse for the Thunderbox line but will eventually move to the global snack food company, Pepsico line to improve efficiencies and meet larger volumes of supermarket products.

Multicap works to remove the barriers to employment for customers and with a focus on independence and personal growth, employment services give customers training and transferable skills, experience and employment opportunities.

For more information, visit Multicap’s employment brochure Focusing on Employment Possibilities

By partnering with Multicap, you can help provide long-term employment and training opportunities that change people’s lives.  Call us today on 1300 135 886 to discuss a future partnership or visit our website for more information about our employment enterprises.
 

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