WHY ENGAGING WITH INDIGENOUS PARTNERS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
In 2018, the Indigenous employment rate was around 49 per cent, compared to around 75 per cent for non-Indigenous Australians. Allied Pickfords is committed to providing a workplace that recognises and respects Indigenous Australians. Its industry incorporates transport, logistics, information technology, waste management and relocations, offering exciting prospects for young people wanting an opportunity in these areas.
By working in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, Allied Pickfords is able to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects for young Indigenous people.
Across our network, we currently have 28 Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander employees, which equates to approximately seven per cent of our workforce. In addition to this, we also have an Indigenous subcontractor in Perth who runs his own business and contracts 100 per cent to Allied Pickfords. Allied Pickfords has set a target of doubling this figure within 12 months. This is no small commitment.
For the first time, we have constructed something that sits at the very centre of our employment framework that demonstrates a strong commitment to Indigenous Australians. In making this commitment, together we have made a new path. Together we are setting out towards a goal we all share: for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child to grow up with at least the same opportunities in life as every other Australian.
One way we are doing this is by participating in the NRL’s Indigenous Schools to Work program and the 2020 Bennelong Cup.The Bennelong Cup raises awareness and much-needed funds for Souths Cares and Cowboys House. These organisations are committed to supporting, mentoring and transitioning young Indigenous people into the workforce.
Captained by an NRL player, Allied Pickfords enjoyed a friendly – but competitive – series of touch football games. After qualifying for the finals with two wins and a draw in the round robin matches, Allied Pickfords went on to face the reigning champion team, Bennelong, in the grand final decider. Boosted by the addition of rugby league royalty Greg Inglis, Allied Pickfords managed to hold off Bennelong in a closely fought contest played in the best possible spirit.
‘The camaraderie and atmosphere throughout the entire day made for a spectacular event, and all the participating teams should be congratulated,’ says Matt Keys, Development Manager at Allied Pickfords Business Relocations.
What are the benefits of participating?
Through participation, companies can support employment opportunities for young Indigenous people in facilities management, construction, administration and trade services. They can also give back to the organisations that are providing pathways for young Indigenous people to enter the workforce.
In 2020, there is a greater focus on partnership between industry, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At the centre of this new way of working is local action, and a determination to make a difference and to achieve change.
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