One of our members, global sexual wellness brand Lovehoney, has announced its partnership with the Dylan Alcott Foundation to provide grants for young Australians with a disability. The initial grant of $10,000 will support people with a disability to embark on further education and expertise in the sexual health and wellness space.

The funds will be allocated to suitable applicants interested in a career in the sexual happiness and wellbeing sector and will fund work experience opportunities, and possible mentoring from industry leading experts. This can also apply to course fees, equipment, or related costs, to enable progression in this chosen career.

The grant forms part of both Lovehoney and the Foundation’s ambitions for a more inclusive and diverse workforce in Australia, as they strive to provide inclusion for everyone to have career options in any sector.

Director of Lovehoney Australia, Rob Godwin, is thrilled about the partnership: “Inclusivity is something we have been focused on as a brand for a long time now, both in our retail offering and as part of our workforce. We work closely with Remove The Barrier to employ people with disability, and 12% of our current workforce in Australia identifies as having a disability, and our aspiration is to grow this further.

“While we are proud of the steps we are taking towards a more inclusive workplace, we know there is still a long way to go, both within Lovehoney and across Australia. We hope this grant will provide people with disability with an avenue to further their career in the sexual happiness and wellbeing industry, and open up new opportunities in such an exciting and growing sector.”  

Dylan Alcott, founder, added: “As a foundation, we’re so thrilled to be offering young Australians with disability opportunities in the Sexual Wellness space with Lovehoney Australia. Let’s get started!”

While the majority of Australian retail businesses are open to hiring people with a disability, a much lower percentage are currently employing someone with a disability. The National Retail Association (NRA) are also committed to supporting people with a disability by creating the ‘Ready and Able’ project hub. Employers can access factsheets, case studies and short webinars to be better informed of the best practices when employing a person with a disability, and prospective employees can access career information to better understand the different streams of retail careers, which qualifications are recommended and what available pathways are available to them upon completion of further education. We also offer free access to our workplace health and safety experts through our Employment Hotline (1800 445 522) to help address any issues.

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