Recognition of the diversity of our workforce is the driving force behind a new hiring approach being trialled at CIMIC Group's asset solutions company UGL.
In partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia, UGL is leading the drive for inclusion by recruiting a neurodiverse workforce.
CIMIC Group's construction company CPB Contractors also piloted the program in early 2017, employing neurodiverse candidates on the Furlong Main Blackburn Heatherdale level crossing removal project, and providing recruitment and disability awareness training.
Adopting this hiring approach provides multiple benefits. By doing so, CIMIC Group companies are able to attract talented individuals to roles, raise greater awareness around diversity and provide our people with additional training on autism awareness that will enhance our inclusive team culture and benefit all employees.
The teams in UGL’s Melbourne office have been participating in Autism Spectrum Australia’s specialist training. This is key to the hiring and onboarding process as it is designed to help UGL employees learn how to best support their new colleagues.
Also built into this approach is ongoing mentoring for the newly onboarded employees, upskilling training for line managers, and awareness training for other UGL teams as the program expands to other areas across the UGL business.