Deadly Yakka launches in Belconnen
Employment Services Group’s Belconnen branch, with support from MatchWorks, launched the successful Deadly Yakka program yesterday for Indigenous job seekers in the region.
Ngunnawal woman Tina Brown conducted a traditional Welcome to Country at the launch held at Habitat in Phillip, ACT.
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.
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 employment.
“The Deadly Yakka program commences 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 have launched it in Belconnen.”
Deadly Yakka launched in Victoria in 2014 and has run at Bendigo, Sunshine, Bacchus Marsh and Warrnambool. It has also recently been delivered across locations in South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia. MatchWorks and Employment Services Group (ESG) will continue to roll out the initiative at more locations in the future.