Wanted: More ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for Aboriginal peo­ple

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op­tions.

“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

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