BoysTown's Employment Service is helping to generate long-term opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers around the country through a carefully targeted program run in conjunction with Indigenous service provider Generation One and the federal government.
Run across 23 sites around Australia,the Vocational Training and Employment centres provide training and ongoing mentorship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in many areas including hospitality, retail, trade, property and business services.
Through the program, BoysTown works with employers to identify their labour needs and training requirements.
The agency then provides practical work preparation programs for 180 Indigenous jobseekers to help them meet each employer's requirements and ongoing personal support, mentoring and coaching during their first six months in the job.
BoysTown has recruited many Indigenous staff to work as mentors on the program who can provide culturally appropriate support.
One of the Indigenous mentors in the program,, Darren Knight says he has seen first hand how effective the program has been at combating intergenerational unemployment.
"I saw a father and son who were both looking for work end up working for a major construction business on the Gold Coast", he explains.
"The program caters for such a broad age range of jobseekers. I've seen everyone from 15 to 55 years of age benefiting from it".
Another Indigenous mentor Renee Mann says she has been amazed at the swift progress made by many of the participants.
"I only started working at BoysTown six months ago, but I've seen apprentice painters doing really well as a result of this program".
You can find out more about BoysTown's employment programs here.