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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

GENERATION ONE WELCOMES GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION PAPER

GenerationOne today welcomed the release of the Government’s discussion paper and its call for submissions regarding Changes to Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) Assessment and Funding Processes. The announcement reflects GenerationOne’s core policy goal: that training must be linked to a real job. The Government discussion paper will review the funding and assessment process associated with IEPs. Last week GenerationOne founder, Andrew Forrest, called on the Government and all policy makers to harness their commitment to Indigenous employment and demanded an end to the training for training’s sake model, which traps job seekers in a cycle of welfare dependency.... More...

04 April @ 10:50 Add your comment

The YMCA has joined the generation for change!

The YMCA has joined 337 Australian employers in partnering with GenerationOne to end Indigenous disparity through employment.    This week GenerationOne Chairman Warren Mundine and the New South Wales YMCA CEO Phillip Hare signed an employment Covenant in Sydney.    The NSW YMCA has committed 500 jobs for Indigenous job seekers to be filled over the next five years.    “There is only one way to tackle welfare dependency in Indigenous communities and that’s to give people the best viable alternative – a career.  The YMCA is offering real career opportunities sport, recreation, camping and outdoor education,” said Mr Mundine.     ... More...

02 April @ 12:58 Add your comment

SPEECH: GenerationOne Senior Executive Breakfast Canberra

Expectations Lead – Results Follow Andrew Forrest  March 20 2013  The more you get to know Aboriginal people, the more you love them.  It explains my whole-hearted passion in ridding Australia of the disparity in life opportunities that continues to blight our first Australians.  In no way am I alone.  It can be done.  It can be done in our generation. The will of Australia to swim against the welfare tide is now evident. Aboriginal employees are stepping up, and at least 335 guaranteed employers across Australia are reaching out to them.  I deeply thank you for leading the way.  GenerationOne, the Employment Covenant and so many who courageously guarantee employment and forced change.  The culture of our country towards the Aboriginal... More...

21 March @ 09:49 Add your comment

It's an election year, so make your voice heard

This morning GenerationOne, its employer partners and their Indigenous employees, had breakfast with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Julie Collins, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, representing the Prime Minister. They shared first hand experiences of how Indigenous employment is the key to ending disparity in this generation. We want you to have your say too. It's an election year, so make your voice heard. Join with us, and call on the Government and the Opposition to commit to training that links to a guaranteed job. Stop training for training's sake. Today, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will have this breakfast at the forefront of their minds. Copy this text and send it in an email to Prime Minister Julia Gillard through  ... More...

20 March @ 10:12 Add your comment

GenerationOne - Annual Report 2012-13

It's been another big year for GenerationOne and our team, who have worked to deliver real change in employment and training with Indigenous people. Here is our annual report, which forms part of the Minderoo Foundation Annual Report.  GenerationOne is deeply committed to filling the balance of the 60,000 promised AEC jobs by employers, to truly break the cycle of disadvantage caused by intergenerational welfare dependency, compounded by the failure to educate the next generation.  In the year 2012-13 an additional 2,218 jobs were created through 9 new Australian Employment Covenants being committed. Since the Covenant began, 50 Covenants have been fulfilled, and 23 of those employers resigned to increase their job opportunities. We have continued our multi-platformed marketin... More...

10 March @ 08:59 Add your comment

Alec Engineers his Future

Over the summer holidays Alec Skeen wasn’t surfing, playing footy or hanging out with his mates, he joined 21 other Indigenous kids from across the country to attend the Sydney University Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School Camp (IAESS).  In his final year of study at Babinda State School in Far North Queensland, Alec has his eyes fixed on his career – he wants to be an engineer. At the week-long camp over 2,000 kilometres away from home, Alec got a taste of the Sydney University Engineering degree as well as life in the big city.  The days were action packed he said, with tours of famous landmarks and visits to renowned engineering companies.    ... More...

01 March @ 02:25 Add your comment

Building Real Opportunities for Our Youth

In the western Sydney suburb of Blacktown, Marist Youth Care (MYC) run a revolutionary Skills and Development training centre which is linking young job seekers with real employment opportunities.     The not-for-profit agency focuses on helping at risk young people get the support and skills they need to find a job and keep it.    Marist Youth Care CEO, Cate Sydes, said the program has been specifically developed to combat the many barriers to employment some young people face.    ... More...

27 February @ 03:32 Add your comment

Everybody's Business: A Handbook for Indigenous Employment

  Indigenous employment is no longer seen as an Indigenous issue – it’s an Australian issue.  That is the reason why 335 employers have committed 60,334 jobs through the Australian Employment Covenant.    To support employers on their effort to fill their jobs pledges GenerationOne, the Australian Employment Covenant initiative, Reconciliation Australia and Social Ventures Australia have partnered together to create a step-by-step guide for managers and supervisors who are on the frontline of hiring and retaining Indigenous staff.   Everybody's Business: A Handbook for Indigenous Employment was developed in close consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations, reflecting the shared knowledge and experiences on... More...

22 February @ 04:41 Add your comment

The YMCA has joined the generation for change!

The YMCA has joined 337 Australian employers in partnering with GenerationOne to end Indigenous disparity through employment.  This week GenerationOne Chairman Warren Mundine and the New South Wales YMCA CEO Phillip Hare signed an employment Covenant in Sydney.  The NSW YMCA has committed 500 jobs for Indigenous job seekers to be filled over the next five years.  “There is only one way to tackle welfare dependency in Indigenous communities and that’s to give people the best viable alternative – a career.  The YMCA is offering real career opportunities sport, recreation, camping and outdoor education,” said Mr Mundine.   “GenerationOne is thrilled to partner with the YMCA.  It has the capacity to change whole communities,&rdquo... More...

04 February @ 09:17 Add your comment