Woolies job plan rings true

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GRACEWelsh is part of a fresh ap­proach to help­ing more in­dige­nous Aus­tralians score long-term jobs with great ca­reer op­tions.

The young woman is a proud mem­ber of theWool­worths Em­ploy­ment Par­ity Ini­tia­tive that is re­cruit­ing 1600 Abo­rig­i­nal work­ers over the com­ing three years.

The com­pany al­ready em­ploys 2000 in­dige­nous peo­ple but the su­per­mar­ket gi­ant aims to have 3600 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders wear­ing the sig­na­ture green and white uni­form.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence with this ini­tia­tive has been re­mark­able,” MsWelsh said at the project’s launch.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to work at Wool­worths be­cause I’m learn­ing so much ev­ery day and gain­ing new skills.

“This is giv­ing me a con­fi­dence I haven’t had be­fore.”

Wool­worths CEO Brad Ban­ducci said the spe­cial re­cruit­ment drive was the re­sult of his com­pany’s part­ner­ship with Di­ver­sity Di­men­sions, which has re­ceived Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to train, sup­port and men­tor in­dige­nous em­ploy­ees.

The Com­mon­wealth Bank has also an­nounced it would “sig­nif­i­cantly” raise the num­ber of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians it em­ploys.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LEARN­ING EV­ERY DAY: Grace Welsh is ex­cited to be work­ing at Woolies.

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