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BusyBeans: making coffee, changing lives

BusyBeans is so much more than a quality, in-house barista service. It’s giving people with disability the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and find meaningful employment as baristas.

BusyBeans is so much more than a quality, in-house barista service. It’s giving people with disability the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and find meaningful employment as baristas.

Our program launch last week was a huge success. Thanks to all of our partners, staff and BusyBeans baristas who worked incredibly hard to make the launch possible. The energy and excitement on the morning was phenomenal. I loved witnessing the firsthand enthusiasm from our BusyBeans and guests who shared anecdotes and stories over coffee.

Disability in the workplace

Did you know the unemployment rate for people with autism in Australia is 31.6%?

Unfortunately, there’s still a big stigma around people with disability. What we’re achieving through this program is breaking down pre-conceived notions of what people with disability can and can’t do.

We’ve found that staff in organisations who may not have had much interaction with someone with autism or another intellectual disability, learn a lot by on-boarding a BusyBeans barista. The whole premise of the program was developed based on this concept and to connect people with coffee. Getting involved in this program is good for everyone involved: our BusyBeans baristas, their families, workplaces and their staff.

Meet Harley

Some of our talented BusyBeans baristas joined us on the day. This included Harley who works at our Group head office in Sydney and was the first participant in the BusyBeans program. He’s been with us since December last year and has brought so much joy and positive energy to our culture, not to mention he makes a mean long black (my drink of choice). We don’t know what we’d do without him!

Making coffee, changing lives

What sets the BusyBeans program apart is how we’re tapping into a market that sees high unemployment. By giving people with disability a safe, pressure-free environment to learn a new skill, we’re setting them up for success in the workplace.

A win for participants. Being fully trained as baristas and able to find open market employment, we’re empowering our BusyBeans baristas not only with the ability to earn an income, but with social confidence too.

A win for family, friends and carers. The support network around someone with disability is crucial. People on their team, rallying behind them, wanting them to succeed. Through the BusyBeans program, this support network can see the positive impact employment has on their person with disability. Confidence, social skills and new found purpose through employment.

A win for employers. By employing a BusyBeans barista, organisations increase their office morale, learn about disability and the importance of inclusivity and diversity, achieve their corporate social responsibility targets and invest in a financially-viable business model that benefits staff and the barista with disability.

I’m proud of all our new BusyBeans barista recruits who’ve started their training at our coffee training school already. As a result of our launch event, we’ve had so much interest in the program already!

Visit www.aimbigemployment.com.au/busybeans to hire or find out more about the BusyBeans program.

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