Creating local jobs for people with disability
June 15, 2017
More than 20 jobs will be created for people with disability thanks to a new contract between service provider Orana and Mitsubishi Motors Australia.
Orana and Mitsubishi today announced the contract, which will see Orana employees assemble and pack more than 82,000 service kits for Mitsubishi dealerships nationally in the first year, with this number set to jump to almost 200,000 in the following months.
A vital tool for Mitsubishi dealers, the service kits will ensure all parts required for regular vehicle maintenance are available to dealers in one complete set.
Orana CEO Nick Mihalaras said the organisation had been working with Mitsubishi for a number of years but the new project presented a number of new opportunities for employees.
“Our relationship spans more than 27 years and it’s continually evolving to ensure we meet the needs of Mitsubishi, at the same time as providing work and development opportunities for our employees,” Mr Mihalaras said.
“The new contract is significant in that it will almost triple our Mitsubishi workforce and has the potential to grow even more in the coming years.”
Orana will begin by building service kits for Mitsubishi’s ASX, Lancer and Outlander, with the project expected to grow to include the entire model range in the months to come.
Employees at Orana’s Para Hills West factory, recently damaged by fire, will also benefit from the contract. They will build the pallets used to store and ship completed kits across the nation.
Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the company was committed to supporting the South Australian community.
“Mitsubishi Motors has a long history of working with Orana in South Australia,” he said.
Our Australian head office is based in Adelaide and we feel it is important that we play a part in supporting South Australian industry to the benefit of our local community.”
Mr Mihalaras said he was proud of the relationship that had provided so many South Australians with disability employment.
“We are very proud that Orana and Mitsubishi continue to work together to help provide employment opportunities for people with disability,” he said.
“Mitsubishi has demonstrated a community spirit and a corporate social responsibility that not many organisations at a local level demonstrate and we are extremely grateful to be so closely involved with the company.”
For more than 67 years, Orana has played a vital role in supporting South Australians living with disability. Orana provides people with disability the opportunity to live and work within their local community and become valued and productive members of the community. Orana currently operates across SA providing supported employment, accommodation, life skills support, training and respite services to over 650 South Australians with disabilities.