Indigenous employment program launches in Western Australia
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
Local employment service provider Employment Services Group
(ESG), with support from MatchWorks, launched the successful Deadly
Yakka program in Gosnells today for Indigenous job seekers in the
The initiative, specifically designed for Indigenous job
seekers, focuses on real employment outcomes and assists people to
find a job they will be passionate about.
The two-week course has delivered successful programs at
Victorian, Queensland and South Australian locations, with job
seekers gaining and maintaining employment after working with
Indigenous mentors and trainers.
The Deadly Yakka program covers goal setting and personal
development, life skills for work, interview skills, cultural
awareness training, presentation advice, workplace expectations and
job search skills; while also addressing personal barriers to
understand what has been holding participants back in their journey
MatchWorks Executive Director Renae Lowry said the Deadly Yakka
prepares career pathways for Indigenous job seekers with the
opportunity to develop skills, increase their confidence, network
with potential employers, and ultimately find sustainable
"The Deadly Yakka program will commence with traditional
cultural activities where job seekers will have the opportunity to
meet staff and various support services, such as employers,
trainers and mentors who will assist them throughout the
initiative," she said.
"Once the formal training period is complete, job seekers
will continue to workshop activities with their MatchWorks mentors
and marketers to help increase their chances of gaining ongoing
employment. We have already seen a lot of successful outcomes from
this program and we are excited to be launching it in Western
Deadly Yakka launched in Victoria in 2014 and has run at
locations including Bendigo, Sunshine, Bacchus Marsh, Noarlunga in
South Australia, Caboolture in Queensland and recently at Mount
Druitt in New South Wales. ESG and MatchWorks will continue to roll
out the initiative at more locations in the future.
Pictured below: A tradtional smoking ceremony is held at
the Deadly Yakka launch in Gosnells, WA.
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