Training leads to jobs
RETAIL: INDIGENOUS jobseekers are going from unemployment to permanent work in just 10 weeks through a unique training tactic that has had such success it is expanding into new industries.
The Retail for the Future Indigenous Pre-employment Program so far has had more than a 90 per cent success rate of jobseekers getting a job and holding on to it.
It follows similar success for a program for the mining industry.
The Mining, Energy and Engineering Academy has teamed with Globally Make a Difference and Train Me 4 Work to provide training specific to the retail industry, personal development and a mentor for two years.
The ongoing support helps trainees deal with employment challenges and helps them with career advice to gain promotions.
MEEA co-ordinates the program because of its background in training indigenous people for the mining industry. Managing director Alan Tidswell says it will train 240 indigenous workers specifically for the Woolworths group of companies and a further 250 for the wider retail industry through the program.
‘‘ These organisations want to increase the number of indigenous workers to better indicate the community in which they operate,’’ he says.
Tidswell says disadvantage means many jobseekers do not have access to computers to apply for positions.
‘‘ Part of the gap is professional development and leadership skills. We are building confidence and selfesteem, giving them tools to make them more resilient in the workplace so they don’t fall over,’’ he says.
‘‘ They get a mentor assistant for two years who works with the employer as well as employees.’’
For more information visit www.meea.com.au or call 8110 8200.
Jess Hartman has completed a course to gain employment in the industry.