Friday, November 9th, 2012
A4e (Action for Employment), one of Australia’s leading providers of Indigenous employment services, is celebrating a new relationship with the University of Melbourne, which will lead to at least five guaranteed positions within one of Australia’s best universities.

 The ‘Empowering Our Mob’ program is an innovative Indigenous work preparation program specifically designed for Indigenous job seekers, to help them develop the necessary skills to find independent, quality and sustainable employment. The initiative is provided by A4e, as a Job Services Australia provider, funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

 During the three week-long program participants create an updated resume; develop interview skills and an understanding of how to apply for their preferred jobs and how to communicate effectively with employers. Participants are also provided with motivational training to help them identify and overcome barriers to employment.

  A new specialised training program Certificate I in Vocational Preparation has a minimum of five Business Administration Traineeships and other employment opportunities available from The University of Melbourne. This means program participants are guaranteed the chance to earn while they learn.

  Empowering Our Mob has a success rate of more than 50 per cent with most graduates going on to further their education with traineeships to different employment opportunities ranging from casual to full-time jobs. They have also gained financial confidence to support their families and wider community.

 Peter Adams, A4e Australia’s Business Development Manager for Indigenous employment, is excited about the new relationship with the University of Melbourne.

 “It is very exciting to be delivering a program that has real opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people," Peter said.

"The positions being offered by the University of Melbourne are amazing, and we are proud to be delivering the pre-employment program that leads strong Indigenous people to be able to take these opportunities.”

  On Monday morning, Empowering Our Mob participants will be congratulated by Andrew Dutton (A4e Group CEO), Tim Tracy (A4e Australia’s interim CEO) and Charles O’Leary (Indigenous Employment Framework Coordinator, Melbourne University). 


November 9 2012

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