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Maree Ansey Crowned Miss NAIDOC Perth

At the young age of 24, Maree Ansey already has an important role within Leighton Contractors – one of Australia’s most recognised, diverse and established industry leaders. The contracting giant has more than 13,000 people providing services to the infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, civil construction, industrial, energy, health and services sectors. Leighton Contractors’ commitment to Indigenous Australians includes three key pillars – advancing Indigenous employment and workforce development; contributing to developing Indigenous businesses; and, enhancing relationships and improving outcomes for Indigenous people and communities. Its people are driven by the company’s core purpose of enhancing people’s lives – and none more so than ... More...

06 June @ 02:26 Add your comment

Elise is part of the Generation for change

When Elise McCarthy was growing up not once did she say I want to be a ‘Change Maker.’  But like many young Aboriginal people her age, Elise is fast becoming the generation of change.    Young Aboriginal people across Australia like Elise are shifting attitudes about Indigenous Australians, breaking stereotypes and contributing to the GenerationOne movement to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.    In her second year of nursing at the University of Newcastle, Elise confronts the same sorts of challenges as her peers, from the serious university stress to the mundane what shoes to wear with this dress.    “Mums pretty much who I tell everything to, from the boys I kiss, to the daily... More...

29 May @ 12:11 Add your comment

From Site Clerk to a Compliance Auditor: Celeste shares her career path

Celeste Williams is a Wulli Wulli woman from Eidsvold in Queensland. She commenced with Downer as an administrative trainee at Cracow in December 2004 and in May 2006 was appointed to the position of Site Clerk.  After a couple of years, she applied for an Internal Compliance Auditor position in Head Office.  She was successful and transferred from Cracow to Head Office in August 2008 where she conducted audits on Plant, Project Management, Human Resources and Commercial not only in the mining division but also with Processing, Blasting and Otraco. After taking a break from working and spending time with her daughter, Celeste is now back at Cracow working as a Site Clerk. Celeste describes her journey:  ... More...

23 May @ 02:12 Add your comment

Doonside Technology High School hosts visit from NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli

New South Wales Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly joined a group of students Doonside Technology High School (DTHS) at a Work Readiness Workshop. “A resume is all about selling yourself,” said Minister Piccoli as he worked with students who were compiling their skills and experiences of work.  “Babysitting – that shows responsibility,’ he said as he encouraged students think of their transferable skills.  The workshops, facilitated in partnership with Pure Insights, Extra Staff and GenerationOne meet the needs of students and the school.   ... More...

14 May @ 03:55 Add your comment

GrainCorp – Harvesting Indigenous Employment Opportunities

Agriculture has long been described as the back-bone of the Australian economy. GrainCorp, one of Australia’s largest grain companies has not only focused on the supply chain services of grain production including harvesting, storage, logistics, malt production and export sales.    Since 2011 it has been building employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians across its business.   Peter Adams from Collarenebri has worked at GrainCorp for the past 3 years in various roles.   “I was on tarps, which is putting the tarps on to cover up the wheat and sewing the tarps together; that was my first job. I went from there onto the lobsters, they throw the wheat and make it into stacks,” he said.   ... More...

03 May @ 11:23 Add your comment

GenerationOne submission: Indigenous Employment Program review

  The opportunity exists to fix welfare dependency and employment disparity for Indigenous Australians in a single generation through meaningful employment. Since 2008, 337 employers have united to create 61,274 jobs for Indigenous Australians through the Australian Employment Covenant, now an initiative of GenerationOne. The jobs are there; the effective training is not. The demand for an Indigenous workforce has been created. Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) are the best way to build the supply to meet the demand of employers. VTEC provides holistic pre-employment training and work-readiness, to support candidates directly into jobs.  ... More...

30 April @ 09:17 Add your comment

Pearls MiiHome: Building an Indigenous Workforce

Last month Pearls MiiHome joined Australia’s largest demand led Indigenous employment campaign, by signing an Australian Employment Covenant, a GenerationOne initiative.  Announcing 100 Indigenous job opportunities to be filled over the next year, Pearls MiiHome have committed to ending the disparity through employment.  In a very short space of time MiiHome has recruited 50 Indigenous staff in three separate recruitment drives.  This month fifteen Indigenous job seekers will commence the Work Access Program – a training and employment program which runs for 10 weeks with a job with MiiHome at the end for successful participants. Darien Torrens is one Indigenous employee who is taking up a job opportunity in construction.   ... More...

26 April @ 08:24 Add your comment

ISS Leaders in Indigenous Employment

In 2009 ISS Facility Services committed 50 jobs for Indigenous job candidates in 2009 through the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC).   In February 2011 after fulfilling its first covenant, the company resigned and committed a further 265 jobs.   At the beginning of March at a small event attended by GenerationOne in Queensland, ISS announced it has employed over 550 Indigenous people.    Scott Wilson, ISS National Manager Employment Programs and Indigenous Development put the success of the program down to actions, ongoing support and the overall structure of the program.    ... More...

19 April @ 10:56 Add your comment

Covenant Update

In the last month the GenerationOne movement to end the disparity between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians has grown.  Two new employers, Pearls MiiHome and YMCA NSW have signed Employment Covenants.    Both Pearls MiiHome and the YMCA NSW have joined the existing 335 employers to be part of Australia’s largest demand led Indigenous employment campaign.    Pearls MiiHome, based on the Gold Coast has committed one hundred jobs over the next year.  Working in partnership with Mission Australia Pearls MiiHome CEO Mark Winfield said this covenant is building on existing employment opportunities.  ... More...

05 April @ 11:02 Add your comment

GenerationOne’s third birthday - a call to action

On the occasion of GenerationOne’s third birthday, founder Andrew Forrest and Chairman Warren Mundine hosted a senior executive’s breakfast in Parliament House, Canberra, to highlight the need for employer-directed training.   GenerationOne used the event to call on policy makers to prepare Indigenous jobseekers for jobs that exist, and support only the models of employer-directed training. Training in isolation to the jobs market is futile.   Representatives from over 100 employers, which partner with GenerationOne, shared their Indigenous employment experiences with Government Ministers, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and Shadow Ministers.   Mr Forrest congratulated the 335 employers who had built the demand for an Indigenous workforce through the creatin... More...

05 April @ 10:42 Add your comment