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Partnership to create more diverse jobs in Alkimos

A PARTNERSHIP between an Indigenous business owner and two disability enterprises has won a major State Government contract that will create a diverse range of jobs in Alkimos.

Kardan Construction, collaborating with disability enterprises Intelife and Workpower, won the three-year facility maintenance contract at Alkimos Beach and Alkimos Vista following a competitive tender process.

Valued at more than $800,000, the contract will provide employment for Indigenous people, local businesses and people with disability. This includes at least four new jobs for Aboriginal apprentices in construction, electrical, plumbing and painting services, and more than five training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

The win follows the formation last year of the partnership between Western Australian Disability Enterprises – an alliance of eight disability employing more than 2200 people – and Noongar businessman Frank Mitchell, owner of Kardan Construction and WILCO Electrical.

The partnership was formed to create more work and training opportunities for a diverse workforce and to pursue joint procurement projects from the government and private sectors.

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said it was great to see the partnership “come to fruition and the creation of new opportunities to keep the disability workforce engaged”. “There are valuable flow-on effects that come from creating local jobs and this contract highlights the capacity of disability enterprises to serve the community,” he said.

“I hope this social procurement outcome will open more doors and equate to more jobs for people with disability in the future.”

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