An innovative, collaborative and comprehensive employment project integrating recruitment, training, case management and mentoring services that responds to the Australian Governments "Closing the Gap" policy relating specifically to Indigenous employment.
June 2011 – June 2013
An innovative, collaborative and comprehensive employment project integrating recruitment, training, case management and mentoring services that responds to the Australian Governments "Closing the Gap" policy relating specifically to Indigenous employment. The project aim included:
- Creating sustainable employment for 150 Indigenous South Australians in the Retail Industry over 2 years. (June 2011 to June 2013)
- Providing 70 opportunities for career progression and retention for Indigenous people employed in the industry through up-skilling and mentoring.
- Providing the SA retail sector with a holistic and strategic framework to greatly enhance and improve sustainable Indigenous employment outcomes.
Tita Yangadlitya (Retail for the Future) represents the Retail Industry's commitment to meet or exceed its share of the South Australian Indigenous employment targets and to increase Indigenous employment in the industry by 50%. Approximately 500 Indigenous people currently work in the retail sector which employs over 90,000 South Australians. Many of these 500 Indigenous retail employees work in entry level positions in the sector.
Another major focus of the project has been improving the retention of Indigenous people in employment via career advice, mentoring and further up-skilling in the retail sector. In addition to existing initiatives links have been created with a number of workforce development projects including DFEEST's new "Skills for All" reform, Productivity Places Program and South Australia Works initiative.
Pivotal to the success of the project are strong links to the Indigenous community. This includes cultural awareness training for employers and mentoring for the participants to ensure the project addresses the community's needs, social dynamics and regional spread.
The project was officially launched by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Tom Kenyon and held in conjunction with the 3rd Retail Executive Industry Forum on 28th September, 2011 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The event was attended by over 300 people from within the Retail Industry along with a number of Government representatives. Images of the event can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Part of the Retail Indigenous Employment Project was a 10 week Pre-Employment Program aimed at getting the participants retail "work-ready". This program was delivered by Globally Make a Difference, Train Me 4 Work and project managed by MEEA. The 10 week program was split into 8 weeks of training and development with 2 weeks job placement at one of the participating retail organisations. Employment mentoring and support was also included and guaranteed to the participants for 2 years after gaining employment to enhance retention rates of the participants.
Participating retail organisations included:
- Big W
- Drake Supermarkets
- Peregrine "On the Run"
- The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - SA Branch
- Yum Restaurants (KFC)
Retail Indigenous Up-skilling Launch
The up-skilling component of the Tita Yangadlitya (Retail for the Future) program was launched by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia on the 5th September 2012 at the 4th Retail Industry Executive Forum & Graduation held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Developed through a partnership between the Aboriginal Employment Retail Industry Cluster and Service Skills SA with assistance from both the State and Federal Governments, this program assists Aboriginal people experiencing barriers to employment the opportunity to work towards gaining retail employment and also the opportunity for career progression and up-skilling within the retail sector.
The program is providing up to 70 up-skilling opportunities over the next two years for people to improve their skills by completing a nationally certified Certificate II or Certificate III in Retail Services and/or a Certificate IV or Diploma in Retail Management.
The project has now concluded and has enjoyed great success over the last two years. In the first year alone over 88% of people who completed the pre-employment training were employed.
Training commencements - 71
Training completions - 54
Employed or in recruitment - 48
14 weeks or more in employment - 27
Training commencements - 117
Training completions – 81
Employed or in recruitment - 63
14 weeks or more in employment - 43
37 participants commenced up-skilling (Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma of Retail Management)
35 participants successfully completed
Lawrie Shem – Project Consultant