The last two years have been monumental for Jigsaw. We’ve begun to prove to Australia, at scale, what we’ve always known: that people with disability prepare best for work, through work. In September 2019, 205 people with disability had accessed employment training at our original hub on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Now, we have provided over 600 traineeships, employed close to 100 people with disability at award wage and transitioned 44 people into mainstream employment, whilst delivering on multi-million dollar commercial contracts across four locations and online. We had welcomed 40 trainees with disability through the doors of our Melbourne hub just five short weeks after opening in June 2021.
Throughout this period of rapid expansion and increasing impact, Paul Brown has been at the helm. He has led Jigsaw since 2014, when he co-founded it alongside Fighting Chance co-founders Laura and Jordan O’Reilly. Jigsaw, empowered by Fighting Chance, was built on a belief that social enterprise could create the truly inclusive economy needed to ensure people with disability’s full participation in the workforce.
We have a proven, self-sustaining social enterprise model that works: it trains and transitions people with disability into mainstream employment quicker and with better long-term outcomes than the current sector-wide approach. Moreover, it supports individuals in building their skills and confidence, making professional and social connections, and increasing their self-esteem with a purposeful contribution to society.
We’re delighted that Third Sector, and others, are recognising the impact Jigsaw creates through social enterprise, and the role of Paul’s visionary leadership in shaping Jigsaw into what it is today.
Jigsaw is a social enterprise that provides an innovative pathway to open employment for people with disability. By embedding a comprehensive skill-based training program within our commercial document and data management business, Jigsaw enables people with disability to achieve their employment goals at their own pace. Jigsaw’s holistic approach starts from the very basics of core work skills and supports trainees all the way through to transition to open employment with ongoing support and coaching once they have transitioned.