In the Community
SKILLED acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work. As part of our efforts to leave a sustained, positive footprint in the communities and broader economies in which we operate, SKILLED has a strong focus on improving Indigenous employment outcomes.
From an economic and social perspective, we believe that every effort should be made to ensure Indigenous people are not subject to continuing chronic underrepresentation in Australia’s labour market.
As the largest provider of workforce services in Australia, SKILLED can make a significant difference in this important area of economic and social equality, and feel it’s our responsibility to do so.
In order to make a significant impression in the community, we have doubled our target for Indigenous employment to 1,000 employees by 2015. This follows SKILLED successfully achieving its target of employing 500 Indigenous workers by 1 July 2012 under Generation One (formerly the Australian Employment Covenant) which the company signed in June 2009.
Our success was recognised when OMS and the OMS Alliance JV were jointly presented with the AMMA National Award for Indigenous Employment and Retention. The AMMA Indigenous Employment and Retention Award recognises an organisation which has implemented a training or employment initiative that has resulted in the successful engagement of Indigenous Australians within a local community.
The award was an outstanding achievement as OMS and the OMS Alliance JV Programs were judged against every company in Australia that is actively involved in the resources sector including oil and gas and mining companies.
Established in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys on the campus of the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth in 2000, the Foundation now has over 2,900 boys in 54 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales.
The programmes are delivered through a network of football academies, using football to attract them into school and keep them there. To remain in these academies, participants must consistently endeavour to attend school regularly, apply themselves to the study of appropriate courses; and embrace the academy’s requirements for behaviour and self-discipline.
SKILLED is working with Clontarf in a number of ways to boost student technical skills and career thinking through activities such as hosting student groups in SKILLED workplaces, participating in the Clontarf regional employment forums and building relationships with the students and gaining their confidence through participation in activities mentioned above. It is envisaged that over time, this will result in students identifying SKILLED as their first option for discussing their future employment.
Yalari is a not-for-profit company which is dedicated to creating a national network of educational opportunities for Indigenous children. Yalari offers Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities and towns across Australia the opportunity for a first-class secondary education through scholarships to attend some of Australia’s leading boarding schools. Established in 2005, Yalari now supports 186 children around Australia enrolled at 32 partner schools.
Yalari has partner schools in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Western Australia.
SKILLED is pleased to provide support to one Indigenous student undertaking secondary school education, from Year 7 to Year 12 at one of Melbourne’s best girls schools.
These initiatives will not only enhance and support the Company’s Diversity Policy and provide strong input into managing the supply of labour but more importantly, provide clear pathways of opportunities for our Indigenous students.
Find out more about our Indigenous employment initiatives.