DWS Press Release
October 16, 2018
Local Businesses Honored with Golden Key Awards for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
Six award recipients were nominated for their outstanding support to those with disabilities
Salt Lake City, UT (October 1, 2018) — The Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities today recognized four local businesses, a state agency and an advocate for their support in hiring and promoting individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
“Supporting Utahns with disabilities in the workplace is an exceptional way for businesses to contribute to the economy and improve our communities,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “It’s great to see these employers take the lead in overcoming biases and building an understanding of the employability of individuals with disabilities.”
The recipients of the 44th annual Golden Key Awards were Goldman Sachs, Lin’s Fresh Market, Get Air Hang Time, Express Employment Professionals, the Utah Department of Administrative Services and Trevor Buit. The award recipients were nominated for their outstanding contributions promoting employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including veterans.
“We received dozens of outstanding nominations from around the state this year,” said Leah Lobato, director of the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. “ We appreciate all Utah businesses who make the effort to hire and promote individuals with disabilities and for showing our youth with disabilities that they are employable.”
The Large Employer of the Year award was presented to Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City for its outstanding effort to serve people with disabilities within its workforce. Goldman Sachs also supports local students with disabilities by sharing internship and career paths with them during an annual Transition Mentoring Day at their downtown office.
Lin’s Fresh Market in Richfield was recognized as the Medium Employer of the Year for hiring local individuals with disabilities over the years to help manage the store. Get Air Hang Time in Orem, received the Small Employer of the Year award for providing a foundation for individuals with disabilities to learn and grow in their jobs.
The Ace award was given to Trevor Buit of Provo for his work as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Utah State Hospital and helping people with mental health disabilities achieve independence through employment. His is also actively involved with several organizations such as the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council and the Circles Community Team.
Express Employment Professionals in Logan received the Freedom Award for helping connect veterans in Box, Rich and Cache Counties with permanent employment. They train their staff in recognizing ability over disability first and matching employers with them that fit their abilities.
The Utah Department of Administrative Services received the ASAP award for its use of the Alternative State Application Program to help connect individuals with disabilities with state job opportunities.
For more information, visit jobs.utah.gov/usor/vr/
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