The program employs those with a physical or mental disability, refugees, and migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Over the past 18 months, 70 people who have previously experienced a barrier to employment have commenced work with Spotless at Bendigo Health in cleaning, gardening and portering roles, allowing them to gain a sense of purpose.
Spotless Operations Manager – Soft Services Ben Dillon stated winning the award was a great reflection of the business’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We are incredibly proud of what we do to contribute to the delivery of healthcare in the Greater Bendigo region in conjunction with our partner Bendigo Health,” he said.
“With over 500 team members, and operations spanning 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we have a unique opportunity to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.”
In delivering the GROW program, the business had to redevelop its approach to recruiting and onboarding, which included using interpreters, having specialist disability educators train managers and heightening staff awareness of cultural differences.
It has also been beneficial in addressing the national problem of attracting workers to the sector.
Spotless Facilities Director Iain McMurray said the GROW program has been a wonderful initiative.
“Together with Bendigo Health we hope to continue to provide long term sustainable employment opportunities which benefit the entire Bendigo community,” he said.
GROW was established in 2019 with funding from the Victorian State Government and is delivered by Be.Bendigo, the city's chamber of commerce.
Spotless is a wholly owned subsidiary of Downer Group and has been delivering services to Bendigo Health since 2016.