Friday, January 18th, 2013
Indigenous Job Seekers embark on new careers at prestigious university

The A4e Group of Companies, one of Australia’s leading providers of Indigenous employment services, is pleased to announce eight graduates of Empowering Our Mob (A4e’s Indigenous work preparation program) have this week begun their employment at The University of Melbourne, Australia’s most prestigious tertiary education provider.

Launched in Melbourne in early November 2012, Empowering Our Mob 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).

Eight of the 13 graduates this week began their Certificate IV Business Administration Traineeships at The University of Melbourne where they will rotate through internal departments and spend one day a week in the classroom.

A4e’s Indigenous Business Services Manager Peter Adams was elated to see the participants embark on their new careers.

“We are thrilled with the outcome of Empowering Our Mob.

“The calibre of students was reflected by the fact that eight of 13 applicants were successful in gaining a job at Melbourne Uni, and we at A4e can’t wait to document their progress,” Peter said.

Furthermore, The University’s Indigenous Employment Framework Coordinator Charles O’Leary shared that the University is already looking forward to working with A4e’s Indigenous Business Services unit in the very near future.

“The program was holistic; encompassing learning modules that responded to standard pre-employment skills that also incorporated provisions to address barriers to employment that many Indigenous Australians face (due to extremes of disadvantage).

“All senior officers involved in the assessment of recruits were impressed with the calibre of the applicants that A4e put forward, which has already built support for a mid-year program,” Charles said.

Participant Logan Jacobs was incredibly happy with the way Empowering Our Mob assisted him with the skills to further his career from the ground-up.

“Empowering Our Mob was a helpful and very insightful course.

“Not only did it prepare me for work, but it also helped me make new friends, learn more about the type of positions I would like to go for, and most importantly helped me see things clearer in the big-picture.

“EOM showed me the right way to apply for a position, as well as how to do it professionally.

“If it wasn't for the course, I believe I would not have been prepared for my successful application at the University of Melbourne,” Logan said.

Elsewhere, Empowering Our Mob has enjoyed 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.


Friday 18 January 2013

Media Inquiries: Peter Adams 0417 848 268

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A4e Group of Companies

A4e was founded over 20 years ago to help unemployed people find work. We’ve grown into a global community of people who all believe in ‘doing well by doing good’ and have a single aim of improving people’s lives in everything we do.

We believe in innovation, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to do whatever it takes to get people to where they want to be in life.

Peter Adams
P: 0417848268

Jade Bullock

P: 0411834074


Indigenous, Employment, University, Melbourne, Training, Vocational, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander



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