THE CLONTARF FOUNDATION
Over the course of our last Reconciliation Action Plan, we have built a strong working relationship with the Clontarf Foundation. The 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. We continue to attend Clontarf employment forums and spend time talking with the students about their career aspirations. We have placed many of the students into work and collaborate with Clontarf to mentor them through into the workforce. Our partnership has now evolved to a position where we are working towards collaborative solutions regarding common barriers to employment i.e. holding no driver’s license due to the inability to reach required hours as a result of access to vehicles and instructors. For the primary school students, we engage with them by talking about potential school-based traineeships or by attending some of the academies and spending time with the students to help them grow and learn. We have made our facilities available to allow them to come and visit a workplace and discuss their experiences with our staff.
BRAKING THE CYCLE
This program is run by the PCYC in Blackwater and works with
disadvantaged youth to improve road safety and build community resilience. It was identified that many youths in the region had work related qualifications but were unable to work due to a lack of a licence. The WorkPac Group provided a specially equipped vehicle that was used to work with at risk people to support them through the mandatory 100 hours learner log book requirements. The PCYC then matched volunteer mentors to spend time with the students and help them get their drivers licence. This in turn has made it possible for many of them to gain employment in the local region as well as significantly addressing the skills shortage.
MADALAH Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that offers Secondary, Transition and Tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities to Western Australia’s leading boarding school s and Australian universities. WorkPac/JobTrail believe that education is an important part of the future for Indigenous youth and in 2018 provided support that has enabled MADALAH to provide an extra 25 scholarships to students in 2019.
VOICE AGAINST VIOLENCE – NRL PROGRAM IN WEIPA
The NRL Voice Against Violence is a program run by former NRL players Alan Tongue, Clinton Toopi, Ray Thompson and former Jillaroo Renae Kunst. The program was delivered in Weipa through a partnership of Rio Tinto, JobTrail/ WorkPac and Goodline. The program uses workshops and activities to bring education and awareness to empower people in the community to be advocates for positive social change around Domestic Violence against women and children.