Wanted: More career opportunities for Aboriginal people
“Our office has been operating in Dubbo for over 12 years engaging with over 8000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander career seekers,” Ms Chandler told
“We have placed in excess of 1400 job-seekers into career opportunities through our various programs, such as direct placement under our recruitment service, (as well as) business-based, school-based and full-time traineeships under our highly successful group training model.
“By delivering on our tailored coaching and mentoring program, this has ensured great retention rates and long-term career opportunities for our community,” she said.
For any employers finding it difficult to attract the right workforce, but who don’t know enough about engaging with potential Aboriginal employees, here’s some fast facts:
• Dubbo AES is dynamically resourced with a Business Development Operations Manager, Group Training Officer, two Career Recruitment Officers and a Career Mentor;
• All AES staff are Aboriginal people, with strong connections to local people.
“We’re passionate about supporting and working within the Aboriginal community to engage businesses to provide employment options,” Ms Chandler said.
“In the current financial year, we have placed over 60 people into the workforce in Dubbo and we would like to increase this before June 2019, but we need industry support.
“We would like an investment from industry in Dubbo to speak with our team about their recruitment needs, their workforce requirements, and commit to providing a career opportunity for our Aboriginal people,” she said.
During 2019, Dubbo Works will be bringing some of the AES success stories to you through these pages.
Ashleigh Knight and Ann-marie Chandler outside the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) office in Dubbo. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS