Bridging the employment gap

‘The mentoring programs we offer to indigenous Australians aim to improve their life choices, increase school retention and improve overall health,’ Ms Cunningham said.

‘MAX Employment’s generous donation will aid in developing programs like this and help reduce the gap that’s still present in Australia.’

The donation was the result of the MAX Finders Keepers campaign that set out to find 10,000 jobs for Australian job seekers between October and December last year. For every job filled during the campaign, the company donated $10 to one of three charities: the Wirrpanda Foundation, The Smith Family and Lifeline.

Wirrpanda Foundation founder David Wirrpanda said it was important that all Australians worked together to improve the gap in key areas between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

‘One of the foundation’s major programs is our VTEC program, along with our P242 Employment program which prepares people for employment,’ he said.

‘We know these programs are working as we have people in jobs.

‘We really need to work with employers to find opportunities for Aboriginal people within their companies.’

VTEC manager Jarrad Oakley Nicholls said he had seen nothing but success with the jobseekers coming through the foundation.

‘We try work collaboratively; we get to know who the person is,’ he said.

‘And we look holistically at the health and welfare of the person and any barriers to employment, like housing or family issues.’