IHG partners EmployAbility in Australia to open up careers for those physically-challenged

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s employment service, EmployAbility, have partnered to provide career opportunities for people with a disability across their hotel network in Australia.

The aim of the partnership is to increase employment options beyond a desk role for people with a physical disability, create an inclusive environment where guests with a physical disability can feel at ease, and providing IHG colleagues with a strong insight into providing a seamless inclusive service.

From left: EmployAbility’s Phat Ngo, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s Jemma Smyth, and InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s Ralf Bruegger

“At IHG, we’ve been focused on helping to connect more candidates with physical disability with our extraordinary world, and part of this has been forging new relationships to be able to connect with new candidate pools and join untapped talent to a future at IHG,” said Lynda Ugarte, head of human resource operations, IHG – Australasia & Japan.

“We want to showcase what’s possible for people with a physical disability; and not focus only on office-based roles but also roles within our hotel operations too.”

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s general manager, Ralf Bruegger, commented that there are plenty of job opportunities for people with a disability, and hopes other organisations will be encouraged to do the same.

Explaining how those who have had to reassess their employment choices after an accident or injury often choose not to apply to roles due to concerns that the employer would deem them unable to perform due to their physical disability, EmployAbility’s manager Phat Ngo said: “At EmployAbility, we work with a number of employers, like IHG Hotels & Resorts, who are developing career opportunities, not just a job, and willing to support the needs of people with physical disability.”

A pilot programme with EmployAbility has already kicked off in a number of IHG Hotels, which will see EmployAbility working closely with InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and IHG Sydney Support centre, to increase their recruitment and employment of people living with physical disability.

Sponsored Post