Indigenous Jobs Australia Magazine : Indigenous Jobs Australia Magazine
ADVERTISING PROMOTION 11 Indigenous Jobs Australia The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) is a 100 per cent Indigenous- managed, national not-for-profit recruitment company that helps Indigenous Australians secure long-term careers. In doing so, the AES seeks to bring about significant positive social change by helping career seekers achieve their goals. The AES works in close partnership with Australian businesses to turn candidates and workers into valued staff members and professionals. It does this through its range of career preparatory programs including school-based training, group training, apprenticeships, recruitment services, mentorships and community- based programs. Nationwide, the AES works closely with more than 40 of Australia's best known companies including the 'Big Four' banks, Qantas, Woodside, Nine Entertainment, WorleyParsons and Westfield. Each is committed to establishing a generation of Indigenous professionals, changing the face of employment in Australia and improving the living standards for thousands of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. "Our vision is to create a career opportunity for every Indigenous Australian," says Danny Lester, AES's CEO. "We work with some of Australia's largest and iconic employers, such as Qantas, ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank and the Sydney Opera House. "Being wholly Indigenous gives us the know-how to match the right career seekers to the right opportunities and to achieve great retention rates. No other recruitment organisation offers this kind of expertise and commitment. "The AES has a collective passion and drive to succeed. In the past three years alone, the AES has delivered more than 5000 career seekers into long-term employment. We are on target for great achievements that will lead to a better future for our mob." If you are looking for a career pathway or want to know more about the AES, visit www.aes.org.au to contact your local office. The AES passion: 'a better future for our mob' Since early 2010, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has administered the successful Learn Earn Legend! message for young Indigenous Australians, to encourage and support them to "stay in school, get that job, and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community". The Learn Earn Legend! initiatives reach out to young Indigenous Australians not only through school-to-work transition projects but also through careers and employment expos, Indigenous youth summits and NRL All Stars sponsorship, advocating the importance of education, training and employment for a successful future. Julie Collins, the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, says the key to Learn Earn Legend! is its use of community leaders, sports stars and inspiring everyday people as ambassadors on the program. "These ambassadors are role models who young Indigenous Australians respect and aspire to be like," Ms Collins says. "They are mentors for the young people in the program and stress to them the importance of education, training and employment. "The kids in the program go to school, focus on finding a pathway into a sustainable career and are active members of their communities. They are setting good examples for their friends and other young people in their communities. "Education as a pathway to good jobs is the government's top priority in closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade." To date, the school-to-work transition providers have mentored 769 students in Queensland secondary schools. These projects have secured pathways through jobs, training or higher education for 590 of the students -- 80 per cent. In July 2012, the providers will be engaging a further 762 year-12 students, increasing the total number of participants to more than 1500 since the inception of the campaign in 2010. The program has also launched a social media campaign, with a Facebook page (facebook.com/LearnEarnLegend) and Twitter feed (twitter.com/learnearnlegend). This step into the realm of the younger generation will hopefully reach more young Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders, helping them realise that getting an education will help to achieve a brighter future. For more information, visit the Facebook page or www.deewr.gov.au/indigenous/pages/ learnearnlegend.aspx Learn to be a legend!