Chance for jet-set­ting grant

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Kar­ratha-based Yabu­rara wo­man is among four em­ploy­ment and re­lated ser­vices pro­fes­sion­als short-listed for a grant which could al­low her to jet off to gather new ideas on re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment from the world’s great­est minds.

Real Em­ploy­ment for Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ple chief ex­ec­u­tive Triscilla Hol­borow is in the run­ning for the Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion em­ploy­ment dis­cov­ery grant.

Ms Hol­borow said pro­vid­ing a job for some­one cre­ated change for their whole house­hold.

“What it can do is also bring some se­cu­rity, it en­cour­ages the fam­i­lies in that house­hold to be able to see the ben­e­fits of ac­tu­ally hav­ing your own money and be able to save to af­ford things just like every­one else,” she said.

Ms Hol­borow said it was hum­bling to have a light shone on her busi­ness’ and her team’s suc­cess.

“I’m very proud as an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son and as an owner of my own busi­ness to be a fi­nal­ist,” she said.

“If I had the op­por­tu­nity to win, and I had that exposure to have a world class au­di­ence in this sec­tor, it is ex­cit­ing for me to see what other peo­ple are do­ing well, es­pe­cially in other coun­tries that are sim­i­lar to ours in hav­ing an in­dige­nous back­ground.

“I am very in­ter­ested to see if they have the same sort of strug­gles and bar­ri­ers that we do and learn­ing off them.” Ms Hol­borow will fly to Mel­bourne later this month for the fi­nal in­ter­view, with the win­ner of the grant set to be an­nounced at a gala din­ner in Au­gust at the Grand Hy­att.

The NESA em­ploy­ment dis­cov­ery grant re­cip­i­ent will at­tend the 2017 OECD Lo­cal Eco­nomic and Em­ploy­ment De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme’s an­nual fo­rum.

NESA chief ex­ec­u­tive Sally Sin­clair said the grant would en­sure Aus­tralian em­ploy­ment pro­fes­sion­als could con­tinue to pro­vide world-stan­dard ser­vices to help un­em­ployed peo­ple find jobs.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

REFAP chief ex­ec­u­tive Triscilla Hol­borow and her team at the Kar­ratha of­fice.

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