The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Job Focus -

In many in­dus­tries, the drive to re­cruit more male work­ers stems from the needs of clients.

For male school stu­dents, for ex­am­ple, a male teacher is a more re­lat­able role model.

Pow­ell says the same ap­plies for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

“Re­la­tion­ship break­down in fam­i­lies where there is a child with a dis­abil­ity is com­mon and of­ten that child will live with mum, car­ers are pre­dom­i­nantly fe­male, then they go to school where teach­ers are pre­dom­i­nantly fe­male.

“When sup­ply­ing sup­port to peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity it’s im­por­tant they have male role mod­els.”

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