Fostering Disability Inclusion with Barkuma

Fostering Disability Inclusion with Barkuma


In South Australia, one of Sodexo’s largest operations is at the ASC Shipbuilding facility at Osborne. In early 2014, Sodexo began working with Barkuma Employment, Barkuma’s open employment service, to recruit new staff for the cleaning crew at Osborne.

Neil Oliver, Operations Manager for Sodexo in SA, was key to the introduction and inclusion of new employees with disability. Working closely with Barkuma Employment staff, managers ensured a smooth transition for Barkuma participants into their new roles and the team at Sodexo. This includes on-the-job training, on-going support and adapting job and person specifications. 

“Our new recruits need to hit the ground running, so having the support of the Barkuma Employment team to assist each client was crucial to everyone’s success. I am pleased to report that there are smiles all around and Sodexo has gained valuable employees who have been recognised for their ability rather than disability,” says Neil.

Currently, Sodexo has employed 15 Barkuma Employment clients as part of the cleaning and catering crew. Given the success of the partnership thus far, there are plans to offer more roles in different areas of Sodexo.

Sodexo is in the second year of our 10-year journey towards our commitment that 100% of our workforce will have access to our programs for people with disabilities by 2025. Find out more about our disability campaign and initiatives.

Partnering with organisations like Barkuma will help us enable more people to reach their potential and in achieving our 2025 vision of inclusion.