MatchWorks’ Deadly Yakka program is paving the way for indigenous job seekers to find meaningful work.

Since launching in the Melbourne suburb of Preston in February 2014, Deadly Yakka is going from strength to strength and is now offered nationally. MatchWorks is continually rolling out the training program to more locations.

From Welcome Ceremony to real work

Each Deadly Yakka program starts with a smoking ceremony to welcome clients, trainers and employers.

Clients then undertake a three-week program of content and coaching around presenting themselves to employers in a manner that helps them gain and keep work.

Guest speakers include employers and representatives from indigenous organisations to show participants how to improve confidence and self-esteem as part of their journey to employment.

Training also covers job search strategies for securing interviews and placements for clients during the three week period.

Once formal training is finished, mentors and MatchWorks consultants continue workshop activities with clients.

For employers

MatchWorks welcomes interest from employers wanting to diversify their workforce.

We help employers recruit indigenous staff and link with local government programs to help deliver indigenous employment strategies.

Cultural awareness training is available for employers wishing to take part in the Deadly Yakka program.

Contact us to discuss how you can become involved.

Our partners

MatchWorks says thanks to the following businesses for their support and involvement in the Dead Yakka program:

  • Spotless
  • Skilled
  • Accor
  • Australia Post
  • Crown Casino
  • Djerriwarrah Health
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • Western Health
  • Red Cross
  • Bendigo District Aboriginal Co-op
  • Dja Dja Wurrung
  • CMC Indigenous Services.