EMPLOYMENT dreams are becoming a reality with the Creative Opportunities Spotlight program.
The program engages major on-site contractors in how to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island (ATSI) people.
The new initiative is by Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) via its two key WA-based subsidiaries CSBP and Kleenheat.
WesCEF procurement specialist Desmond Roche said the program was created after a review of the supply chain indicated that many of WesCEF’s suppliers understood the value of having ATSI employees, however were not aware of how to create employment opportunities for them.
“We delivered a series of dedicated forums to engage and collaborate with suppliers across WesCEF’s supply chain, with the aim to align suppliers with WesCEF’s values and commitment to ATSI development, increase supplier awareness of ATSI education and generate ATSI employment opportunities within WesCEF’s supply chain,” he said.
“WesCEF showcased best practice on how suppliers can create and promote employment opportunities for ATSI people, build relationships with the community and develop culturally respectful processes.
“The program developed also addressed concerns raised by suppliers including, how to start and manage the process, communicating the importance of the process to their organisation and tracking associated costs.”
The forum Creating Opportunities Spotlight Series won the award for Excellence in Training and Professional Development at the Western Australian Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Awards.
WesCEF Aboriginal Development Consultant Noelene Mantellato said hosting these types of events enabled WesCEF to contribute to creating sustainable employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the communities in which WesCEF and its subsidiaries operate.