Programmed sets goal of 5000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobs
L-R Nic Fairbank, Chris Sutherland, Andrew Forrest and Malcolm Turnbull.
Programmed seeks a workforce that looks like the communities we work in. We want a workforce that reflects the diversity of society by culture, gender, age, sexual orientation and abilities. This means that we are attracting and developing the best people for our business from the entire population. We also know that a diverse team makes better informed decisions.
An important element of our diversity plan is our updated 10 year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement and employment plan which we are pleased to have announced today with the support of the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Andrew Forest, Founder of GenerationOne.
We are pleased to announce that our diversity plan has set a target of placing into employment a further 5000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This will require us to invest in developing a larger pipeline of workforce ready Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates as well as developing new job opportunities with our customers. Elements of our plan include;
- a number of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander education scholarships at schools where we support our scholarship holder with employment opportunities at the end of year 12;
- partnership with Clontarf Foundation supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education;
- commitments with GenerationOne, AFL SportsReady, Yarn’n and other community and employment partners;
- the development of prison to employment programs to facilitate the transition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners from jail to fulltime employment
- procurement of services with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses such as Print Junction and Muru to develop further job opportunities.
- working directly with many Programmed customers across mining, manufacturing, transport and government to place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into employment
Programmed managing director, Chris Sutherland, said, ‘We are pleased to have the recognition of the Prime Minister and Andrew Forrest in support of our updated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement and employment plan. It is important that our workforce reflects the communities we operate in.’
Mr Forrest added: ‘Programmed’s 5,000 jobs for Indigenous people sets a new benchmark for the private sector and I am incredibly grateful and inspired by their pledge. I call on the Australian Government and business community to continue to reflect on their own capacity to increase Indigenous participation in the workforce. Employment is a fundamental part of closing the gap and every opportunity counts. We thank the Government for their continued support of Indigenous job seekers and employers through the VTEC program and the Employment Parity Initiative. Parity can be achieved in our generation if we do this together.’