New training program boosts vocational opportunities

by Brett Henebery07 Mar 2017
HR and recruitment specialists Randstad and professional Indigenous employment services provider Yarn’n have joined forces to pave new career pathways for Indigenous youth.

The alliance, launched in Sydney, will provide a minimum of 100 career openings to people and see the two organisations working closely together to identify and secure job opportunities in NSW and the ACT.

All participants will undergo tailored training and development programs which are designed to give them the best chance at success.

In a statement today, Randstad Australia & New Zealand CEO, Frank Ribuot, said the initiative – supported by the NSW Government and Westpac – is an important step in encouraging diversity in the workplace.

“Australia is a country with a rich and diverse history and Indigenous Australians play an important role in shaping this nation and contributing to its social and economic prosperity,” said Ribuot.

“We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this initiative, which aims to bring real change through employment opportunities.”

The roles created through the partnership will include entry level through to senior positions across a broad range of industries. The program has already seen six Indigenous Australians placed in new roles since January.

The announcement comes shortly after the 2017 Closing the Gap report highlighted growing inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, with a lack of employment prospects being a significant barrier.

“A look at the recent Closing the Gap report highlights some entrenched disadvantages faced by Indigenous Australians,” Ribout said

“However, the employment gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians with a university degree demonstrates that something as simple as entry into the workforce can be a huge factor in increasing a person’s quality of life.”

He added that businesses and organisations across the country have an important role to play in the employment and retention of Indigenous Australians.

“We look forward to working with Yarn’n on this very important partnership,” Ribout said.