The Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association Inc. (Mimburi) in partnership with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, SEQ North Region (DATSIMA) are excited to announce the Walking, Working and Supporting Stronger Pathways (Stronger Pathways) employment placement event on the Sunshine Coast.
Mimburi and DATSIMA, in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, the University of the Sunshine Coast, John Pearson Consulting through Indigenous Workstars, the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce and the Sunshine Coast Chamber of Commerce Alliance, are providing local businesses with the opportunity to engage with and recruit talented, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to their organisations.
In July, fifteen young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers were able to build relationships with Gympie employers at a similar event in Gympie. More than half of those young people have already gone on to employment or tertiary studies as a direct result.
Locally, a dinner, steeped in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural experiences, will be held on 19 September at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort to connect businesses with job ready Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who are keen to “develop Stronger Pathways” to gain employment. The host for the Stronger Pathways dinner, Ms Bianca Bond of Mimburi said “this is a great opportunity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the Sunshine Coast to move forward, complimenting culture, the individual and the community. Culture needs to be integral to all things in the community.”
In preparation for the dinner, local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers (aged 17 years and older) are invited to a free pre-event workshop on 18 September at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort supported by John Pearson Consulting and Indigenous Workstars. A range of support is available to assist employers to attract recruit, upskill and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
Interested Sunshine Coast and Noosa businesses should contact DATSIMA on (07) 5490 1065 if they are looking to recruit now or in the near future and would like to attend the Stronger Pathways dinner.
Written by: Wayne Dodson