Indigenous employment program launches in Ballarat

MatchWorks launched the highly successful Deadly Yakka program in Ballarat yesterday to help ten young Indigenous job seekers from the region find the right job.

Launch of the 35th Deadly Yakka at Ballarat Community Health.

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony conducted by proud Wadawurrung woman, Macaylah Johnson.

It was a great honour to have proud Wadawurrung woman, Macaylah Johnson conduct a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at the launch held at Ballarat Community Health.

MatchWorks Executive Director, Renae Lowry said local employment teams were excited to deliver the life-changing program in the region.

“Indigenous Australians have significantly higher unemployment rates than non-Indigenous Australians. Deadly Yakka is helping address this by delivering a tailored two-week program where participants are mentored to achieve their goals,” she said.

“The program is all about community building. MatchWorks have established robust and meaningful relationships with Indigenous mentors, local employers and trainers, who make a real difference to people’s lives. Job seekers often bring along family members who are also looking for work. ”

Deadly Yakka covers:
• Goal setting and personal development
• Life skills for work
• Job search and interview skills
• Cultural awareness training
• Presentation advice
• Workplace expectations.

The program also addresses personal barriers. This supports participants to overcome any obstacles they are facing in their journey to finding work.

This is the 35th Deadly Yakka delivered across Australia since 2014.

For more information about Deadly Yakka, call 1300 13 23 63.