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Work: a natural habitat

Habitat Personnel

Gerry Moore

Eighty four employers have taken on 110 Indigenous recruits thanks to Habitat Personnel, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment agency, with an additional 110 undertaking pre-employment training.

“Habitat placed 110 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into pre-employment training and 110 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into real jobs in the period from December 12, 2013 to February 28, 2014,” Gerry Moore, Managing Director of Habitat Personnel says.

“I am very proud of our team in Nowra and Canberra, but I also want to say thank you to the 84 employers who gave our mob a chance to work and enter a new world of opportunities.”

The sectors in which full time employment was gained included 27 in community services, 19 in health, 16 in retail, 12 in construction, 11 in horticulture, eight in education, five in labour hire, three in law, three in sport and recreation, two in housing, and one in each category of security, defence and science.

“Of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we have placed in work in our recent activities 84 have passed the 13 week milestone, 50 have passed the 26 week milestone, 17 the 39 week milestone and four the 52 week milestone, 23 people ceased employment,” Gerry says.

“Our expectation is that the majority of our work placements will be long term employees for 12 months or more. Our view at Habitat is that it is not good enough to just place people in employment for a period of weeks or months, we can only say we have succeeded when people are in work for sustained periods of time. That is what we are all about.

“Pre-employment training is so important in the path of getting people into a job. We have been hard at work in this area as well. Sixty six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people completed non-accredited soft skills training, 22 completed training for an accredited ticket like white card, RSA and Traffic Control, 21 commenced training of up to four weeks duration for up to four units of a Certificate 2 or 3 qualification or employment related skills.”

Warren Mundine, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council is launching Habitat’s latest employment campaign at a business breakfast in Bomaderry today.

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