Kwinana: Coles provides job opportunities through First Steps program


New Kwinana Coles First Steps employee Desiree Riley with Mark O’Connor.
New Kwinana Coles First Steps employee Desiree Riley with Mark O’Connor.

THE return of Coles to Kwinana Hub Shopping Centre will bring job opportunities to the area through its First Steps training program.

Coles has recruited 12 indigenous employees to work at its Kwinana, Byford, Gosnells, Gateway and Beeliar stores.

The staff celebrated their new roles at a graduation ceremony from their training program on October 3.

The training program recruits, trains and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members over two weeks and then provides mentoring for the first six months of their employment.

Coles state general manager Mark O’Connor said it was exciting to see so many new Indigenous recruits join the team.

“We’re really proud of our First Steps program which offers support during training and post-placement to ensure our graduates can thrive in their new roles,” he said.

“It is great to have 12 new Indigenous recruits join our stores at Kwinana and surrounding suburbs.

“There are currently more than 395 Indigenous team members in WA and I look forward to this number growing.”

All participants who complete the program will be offered part-time work with Coles which provides consistent hours each week.

The program was developed by Coles in 2011, resulting in more than 700 Indigenous team members gaining employment with the company.

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