Meet Enable – Award Winning Social Enterprise


Best collaborative experience and how it helped both Enable and the collaborating partner:

Enable have an excellent Social Procurement collaboration with REECE. Social procurement is a major driver of commercial revenue for Enable, in particular, contracting services from Enable for accredited technology and asset decommissioning as a prime example. The social procurement equation is simple – the more procurement with Enable, the more training, work experience, employment and opportunities to pathways to industry jobs for disadvantaged job seekers Enable can provide.

To learn more about the benefits of social procurement with Enable, watch this testimonial from REECE.

Enable’s most rewarding experience in their company endeavor thus far:

Enable shared that Winning the Premier’s Recognition Award at the recent Premier’s Sustainability Awards would be the most rewarding experience thus far. Julie went on to share that the impact of winning the Premiers Recognition Award and Innovative Products and Services was instant. Within days, Enable was invited to The Victorian Parliament’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee to speak to Members about Enable’s innovative not for profit social enterprise model and assist Members to explore solutions to the obstacles facing disadvantaged job seekers in Victoria. Enable have also seen a surge in Social Procurement enquiries for their accredited asset decommissioning, data destruction and e-waste recycling services.

The spark that inspired Julie Mckay to begin Enable:

Julie Mckay explained that there were visible gaps in the disability employment system, which she was determined to do something about. Enable seeks to fill these gaps in the current ecosystem of support.

Since 2015, Enable’s Impact report shows that they have worked with over 750 participants with barriers to employment from almost 50 government funded stake-holders including schools, employment, training, community, social and health services – evidence of our collaborative approach in action.

It is this very eco-system that Enables Social Enterprise model is built upon. Julie expressed that Enable have a good understanding of the many funded programs on offer – and by mapping these many programs and stakeholders they were able to join the dots and identified two main gaps, which became their primary focus: (1) what Employers want/are looking for (Technical/Employability skills) and (2) supported work experience opportunities for disadvantaged or those at risk thereof to support career goals and aspirations.

Julie tells us that these two gaps are consistent with many of the findings in the submissions. In filling these gaps, Enable emerged with a “Collaborate, not duplicate” approach and ethos for social, environmental and economic impact, in effect operating as an “industry host” for people of all abilities working with the many government funded services providers, as a supportive host that embraces different learning styles and abilities, to help improve prospects of getting a job.

Enable’s aims in their business sector for the next year:

Enable’s plans and hopes for the future are to embrace the escalating interest in Enable to realise their 2024 growth and sustainability strategies for broader social, environmental and economic impact. Enable will leverage their success with collaborative arrangements through philanthropy, social procurement customers and local impact partnerships.

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