Indigenous jobs get a helping hand

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Regional manager Kate Carson-Holmes and Indigenous mentor Jack Walley at the Deadly Yakka Kwinana Launch.
Camera IconRegional manager Kate Carson-Holmes and Indigenous mentor Jack Walley at the Deadly Yakka Kwinana Launch. Credit: Supplied.

Kwinana-based employment service provider MatchWorks is hoping to close the gap in indigenous employment in the region with the launch of a local Deadly Yakka program last week.

The project will involve a tailored two-week program aimed at producing employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers.

MatchWorks executive general manager Renae Lowry said indigenous unemployment was three times higher than it was for non-indigenous community members.

She said the Deadly Yakka program encouraged goal setting and personal development, and supported job-seekers in gaining life skills for work, interview skills, cultural awareness training, presentation advice and workplace expectations.

“The Deadly Yakka program is about community building, and job seekers often bring along family members who are also looking for work,” she said.

“MatchWorks have established robust relationships with indigenous mentors and local employers who value diversity in their business, trainers and other services — these connections all contribute to make a positive difference to participant’s lives.

“The program had an 80 per cent success rate in getting indigenous Australians into work in the last 12 months and all the employers we work with are committed to creating culturally safe work environments for their staff.”

The program also addresses personal barriers and supports participants to overcome obstacles they might face in their journey to finding work.

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