50th Deadly Yakka to launch in WA

MatchWorks will launch its milestone 50th Deadly Yakka program for Indigenous job seekers in Rockingham on Monday 14 June.

Indigenous unemployment is three times higher than it is for non-Indigenous community members. Deadly Yakka is helping tackle this issue by delivering a tailored two-week program which produces sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers.

National Indigenous Liaison at MatchWorks, Glen Duncan said the local employment team were passionate about delivering the life-changing program in the region.

“Deadly Yakka has been designed to empower Indigenous job seekers to overcome barriers to employment, and hundreds of clients now have a brighter future thanks to the dedicated support of our teams across Australia,” Glen said.

“This program has been tremendously successful in helping participants secure new jobs and careers since its 2014 launch and we’re delighted to be making an important contribution to a better and more equitable future for Indigenous Australians.”

Glen Duncan said Deadly Yakka is helping create a more equitable future for Indigenous job seekers around Australia.

About Deadly Yakka

Established in 2014, the first program was held in Preston, Victoria and is now delivered nationally across six states of Australia. Goal setting and personal development, life skills for work, job search and interview skills, cultural awareness training, presentation advice and workplace expectations are part of the program. Personal barriers are also addressed so participants can be supported to overcome any obstacles they are facing in their journey to finding work.

Each Deadly Yakka program includes cultural activities to help participants connect more strongly with their culture. MatchWorks also partners with local employers who value diversity and creating culturally safe work environments for their staff. National employers across multiple industries have been major supporters of the program, including Concentrix Australia New Zealand, Schiavello International Pty Ltd, Woolworths [through Diversity Dimensions], Accor Group, Apprenticeship Group Australia and AFL SportsReady.

More than 60 people are expected to attend the Deadly Yakka launch from 11.30am (WA time). Special guests include Noongar man and member of the Greens, Daniel Garlett, who will join us to conduct a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, and Mayor of Rockingham, Barry Sammels.

This event will also be livestreamed from the MatchWorks Facebook page.