BCCI launches new partnership with Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre: 'Working Together'
Written on the 5 August 2016The Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Broome Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) with a program titled 'Working Together'.
'Working Together' aims to connect business and young Aboriginal people in the workplace.Broome Chamber CEO Jael Napper said, "There are various resources in Broome going toward the engagement of Aboriginal youth, yet we acknowledge that a key driver for their success in life could be what happens in the those first crucial months in the workforce?
"Youth engagement organisations are saying 'you can do it', and we want to see loads of businesses out there saying 'let us help you do it'."All it takes is one traineeship or entry position to mean the world of difference to future generations."
In the Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint an important subsidiary goal toward the 2036 aspiration is, 'To bring Aboriginal rates of real employment up to the average rate experienced by non-Aboriginal people in the Kimberly.' In 2011 44% of the Kimberley's Aboriginal population were in jobs as opposed to 84%. It's hoped that this ratio will be at an even 77% in 20 years' time a crucial proponent of that being the willingness of businesses to open their doors to Aboriginal youth today."The Broome business community plays a very considerable role in closing the gap and working toward our region's aspirations and we're confident that with some closer collaboration we can achieve great outcomes," Said Jael.
The Broome Chamber has appointed Elaine Jolliffe as Aboriginal Youth Workplace Liaison who will start making contact with Broome businesses to discuss the opportunities of opening a position or traineeship as part of the program.'Working Together' will map the pre-employment, training and engagement programs already in operation and propose to work in collaboration to transition youth into the workplace. Some such programs offer post-employment care for the individual, offering employers a valuable support network through the youth's initial transition.
In line with the AWDC, 'Working Together' will offer information and advice to businesses on cultural sensitivities and how to make their workplaces and employment practices welcoming to Aboriginal people.'Working Together' is funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development in a first-ever approach to Aboriginal Youth employment via the Regional Chambers of Commerce & Industry WA.
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