CHAC’s state-wide employment drive

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam, Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley and CHAC chairman Graeme Heald at last Wednesday’s announcement. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Employment. Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation will continue its efforts of putting indigenous job seekers back into the work force, with the help of a $501,500 grant.

The Government grant was presented by Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley on Wednesday to help CHAC extend its Indigenous Employment Program.

Mr Whiteley said the IEP activities in Smithton, Rosetta, Lindisfarne and Kingston, would assist local Indigenous people to obtain employment by providing intensive mentoring for 50 jobseekers during training and employment placements.

Staff and friends of CHAC gathered on Wednesday, and chairman Graeme Heald thanked dedicated staff for the success of the program. “Its a team effort that’s got us here,” he said.

Mr Heald said, “This new contract gives us the opportunity to assist more poeple into work and try and help with the unemployment around Tasmania.

“In the last five years, we would have assisted 400-500 Indigenous people into work.”

He said as well as that, CHAC has assisted non-Aboriginal people who have approached the corporation, and he welcomed anyone in the community needing assistance to do the same.

The IEP program focuses on the two disadvantaged cohorts – youth and the long-term unemployed, Mr Heald said.

Of the 50 spots to be filled, he said 10 will be allocated to youth between 16 and 24, and 20 spots to those unemployed for 52 weeks or longer.

“What we do is we look at where they’re interested in going – what industry – and we look at what specific training they have, and what specific training they need to get into that industry.”

From there, mentors set a pathway and provide support from the pre-employment stage and remain an ongoing support, by mentoring the employee, the family and the employer.

Mr Heald said the new contract means 12 existing staff (eight locals), including mentors and those in administration, will remain employed as part of the program.

For more information about the program contact Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation on 6452 1287 and ask for one of the IEP team.

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