NESA recognises Chris’s work to boost Indigenous employment

Chris Delamont is a finalist for the 2019 NESA Excellence in Indigenous Employment Category

MatchWorks Indigenous Liaison Officer Chris Delamont has been recognised for his inspiring work to boost Indigenous employment across Australia.

Chris is a finalist in the Indigenous Employment category at next week’s National Employment Services Association (NESA) Awards, with the category recognising outstanding contributions from individuals and teams delivering employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

“As a proud Wiradjuri man, I am honoured to be recognised for helping my people reach their potential,” Chris said.

“We found there was a big shortfall in this area and my purpose is to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers so Indigenous Australians can move forward in their career and discover their own self-worth.”

In the past 12 months, Chris has helped change the lives of over 100 Indigenous job seekers across Australia. Key to these outcomes has been Chris’ natural ability to quickly build rapport with job seekers, and develop strong relationships with employers and Indigenous community support services.

“We’re so proud to see the inspiring work of our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Chris Delamont recognised at the year’s NESA Awards,” MatchWorks Executive General Manager, Renae Lowry said.

“Chris works incredibly hard to ensure no job seeker falls through the cracks and his tailored approach means every job seeker he comes into contact with has the best possible chance of reaching their potential. We are very fortunate to have him as part of the MatchWorks team and we know the employers he works with to build Indigenous-friendly working environments highly value his dedication and passion for his work.”

Chris joined MatchWorks as an Employment Consultant in August 2015, and quickly moved into a Business Development Consultant role. After two-and-a-half years of helping people in the Geelong region overcome barriers to work, Chris was drawn to the Indigenous Liaison Officer role. His life-changing work now takes him across six states of Australia.

The winner of the NESA Excellence in Indigenous Employment Award will be announced at the NESA Gala Awards Dinner in Melbourne on 13 August.