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ADVERTISING PROMOTION 6 Indigenous Jobs Australia battle if all parties to the covenant meet their commitments. "The covenant employers and Indigenous Australians are living up to their commitments, the Federal Government must do the same, because it is morally, socially and economically unjustifiable to let the current system of poorly targeted training continue when the AEC has proved job-specific training works." Forrest is correct about the success of job-specific training. The AEC's six-month retention rates of more than 70 per cent indicate that when prospective indigenous employees receive hands-on training and work in workplaces that support their participation, they not only stay in the job and contribute to the business and economy, they also build careers for themselves. "The government's system delivers a retention rate of 45 per cent at three months for Indigenous staff," laments Rhonda Parker, AEC's CEO. "This is a roundabout of failure for the jobseekers. The retention rate of Indigenous employees with AEC employers is 71 per cent at six months." Parker says that Indigenous pre- employment remains a fragmented, complex and inefficient process: "Many larger employers are forced to build their own pre-employment programs to ensure a job-ready supply of Indigenous candidates. "Although the federal government has limited funds available for employer-driven, job-specific training, the bureaucratic process takes too much time and paperwork. The process just wears some employers down." For more information about the Australian Employment Covenant visit www.fiftythousandjobs.org.au The Australian Employment Covenant (AEC) -- the fulfilment of more than 62,000 committed jobs (at last count) for Indigenous Australians by leading Australian companies -- has reached a major milestone, with more than 10,000 jobs already filled by Indigenous employees. Employers from the AEC have recently disclosed 10,501 Indigenous Australians have successfully been accepted into positions. With more than 50,000 committed jobs still waiting to be filled, there is a big opportunity for indigenous Australians, employers and the advancement of the campaign. The '50,000 jobs campaign' aims to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty that exists among far too many Indigenous Australians. Already, the target of committed jobs has been reached -- and surpassed by a staggering 12,000 positions. However, the Federal Government's limited funding and slow bureaucratic process are adversely affecting the fulfilment of its commitments to Indigenous pre-employment. While AEC was able to honour its side of the project (finding the jobs), the government was unable to train thousands of willing Indigenous job-seekers. "We have the means to break the cycle of welfare dependency. We must not fail," says mining magnate Andrew Forrest, a founder of the AEC and member of its steering committee. "We can only win the Employment covenant reaches a major milestone, despite all the hurdles NASCA: investing in our children today, to support the labour force of tomorrow 'We have the means to break the cycle of welfare dependency. We must not fail.' -- Andrew Forrest The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) is an Aboriginal-run, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating positive futures for young Aboriginal Australians through life-skills training. Using role models, strong leaders and trained professionals, NASCA implements a range of programs that offer constructive in-class mentoring, encourage attendance and participation and develop confidence in personal abilities. The organisation mostly works with high- school students, supplementary to the education system. In the Central Desert, however, it also assists community schools where primary students make up the majority of the school. NASCA realises the importance of investment in our young people, while they are still at school, which will lead to the eventual employment of qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff that employers want.