Your Role in Supporting Indigenous Employment | Kyra Bonney

Your Role in Supporting Indigenous Employment | Kyra Bonney


I believe employment is the key to
breaking the disadvantaged. Through employment we have choices and having
those choices is a sense of freedom but you have more control over your life. It’s not just about recruiting and
giving someone an opportunity, it’s believing in them, encouraging them,
supporting them, understanding the challenges that they will face for them
to be able to grow and develop for themselves to be successful. Anything is possible. What I’ve seen work in my experience is
looking at the different pathways of bringing indigenous people in your
company. If you look at school-based traineeships, one day a week over two
years, they come out with a qualification, they’ve already got the
experience on the job. You’d been crazy if you weren’t going to keep them on
after two years, because you’ve invested time and money in that person, to
understand your business, your company, your values. Looking at just traineeships
in general, and traineeships isn’t necessarily the wage side of it, which
people tend to think it is. Like trainee wages, it’s not, it’s completely different
depending on the industry that you’re in. But what it does is it gives you a
pathway into a business or an organisation to be able to complete that
traineeship. And then once you finish it, being able to stay with that business
and just grow and develop into other departments with them. Looking at
graduate and undergraduate programs as well. So now starting to tap into the
universities, and then also just doing recruitment. Recruiting people who are
capable in the different departments. People tend to have a view that
indigenous people don’t have the capabilities, but if you see an
indigenous person who’s doing their job and has the same skills and experience,
they just so happen to be indigenous, you’d be crazy not to recruit them. I
think that it just doesn’t sit with one person, it sits with the organisation as
a whole. It’s up to the leaders to drive it, but it’s also up to the staff to
support it as well. But you’ve got to get personal investment from
everybody who’s involved. And it doesn’t matter which industry you go into,
you will still have to play a role in indigenous employment, whether it’s
health, whether it’s housing, whether it’s in education and you gain those skills,
you’ll take it away for life. But you’ll know where you’re actually adding value to
somebody’s life. And I think that’s the biggest reward.

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