Indigenous employment to get boost

Local employment service provider MatchWorks will help close the gap in Indigenous employment with the launch of Deadly Yakka programs across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland during February.

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

MatchWorks Executive General Manager, Renae Lowry said local employment teams were passionate about delivering the life-changing program across Australia.

“The Deadly Yakka program is all about community building, and job seekers often bring along family members who are also looking for work. MatchWorks have established robust relationships with Indigenous mentors, local employers who value diversity in their business, trainers and other services. These connections all contribute to make a positive difference to participant’s lives,” she said.

Uncle Colin Hunter will attend our Boronia launch at Chandler Park on Monday 3 February.

“The program had an 80 per cent success rate in getting Indigenous Australians into work in the last 12 months and all the employers we work with are committed to creating culturally safe work environments for their staff.”

Deadly Yakka covers goal setting and personal development, life skills for work, job search and interview skills, cultural awareness training, presentation advice and workplace expectations. The program also addresses personal barriers so participants can be supported to overcome any obstacles they are facing in their journey to finding work.

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.

Deadly Yakka Boronia, VIC

When: Monday 3 February, 11.30am – 1.00pm
Where: Chandler Park, Chandler Road, Boronia.  

Deadly Yakka St Mary’s, NSW

When: Monday 10 February, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: MatchWorks, 1/216 Queen Street, St Mary’s.

Deadly Yakka North Brisbane, QLD

When: Monday 17 February, 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Where: Geebung RSL, 323 Newman Road, Geebung.

Deadly Yakka Warrnambool, VIC

When: Monday 24 February, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Where: Mid City Warrnambool, 525 Raglan Pde, Warrnambool

Contact us for more information.

Deadly Yakka participants from last year’s Chermside program had a day with the Brisbane Broncos.