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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

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