Open door to indigenous workers

Georgina Holland, Dennis Luffman, Renee Garlett, program co-ordinator Justin Kickett, Justin Shepherd-Wallis and Stephen Penny. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d401695
Georgina Holland, Dennis Luffman, Renee Garlett, program co-ordinator Justin Kickett, Justin Shepherd-Wallis and Stephen Penny. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d401695

Through the work of Youth and Indigenous Program Co-ordinator Justin Kickett, the company has employed 70 people with indigenous backgrounds since March last year.

Initiated by company CEO Marc Cardaci, the program has managed to retain 50 of the 70 people employed so far.

‘We made a commitment in December 2011 to provide opportunities and actively recruit youth and indigenous people, initially from the Swan region, in an effort to have a positive impact on the rising unemployment rate within the district,’ Mr Cardaci said.

‘The program was created as a way to provide opportunities for indigenous people that creates a pathway for long-term careers.

‘Participants work side by side with older men and women, who teach them work skills as well as some life lessons.

‘We also provide cross-cultural awareness and youth awareness training within the business, so the participants enter an environment that is conducive to what the program is trying to achieve,’ he said.

‘You can throw a lot of money at programs and still end up with nothing, but CFC Group is ‘