AES manager Tintinara Duroux, school-based trainee banker Joshua Collins, and ANZ branch manager Stuart Willman.
AES manager Tintinara Duroux, school-based trainee banker Joshua Collins, and ANZ branch manager Stuart Willman. Bruce Thomas

Traineeships set youths on path

NINE local indigenous youths are well on their way to forging careers in business, industry and government departments, having graduated through the Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

They have completed school-based traineeships through the employment strategy in making the transition into the workplace.

The successful graduates are: Jack Stack, the Department of Housing NSW Coffs Harbour; Joshua Collins, ANZ Coffs Harbour; Tanika Kelly, Westpac Coffs Harbour; Miranda Smith, ANZ Port Macquarie; Louis Hambly, NAB Grafton; Jai Beetson, ANZ Lismore; Bianca Stacey, NAB Macksville; Kenneth MacIntosh, ANZ Toormina; and Lisa Gadd, ANZ Wauchope.

AES manager Tintinara Duroux said it’s great to see these talented, AES trainees recognised for their achievements.

“This is testament to the tireless efforts of AES staff, trainees, their families and host employers to ensure they support Australia’s indigenous youth in achieving their goals,” Ms Duroux said.

The hugely successful strategy aims to bring significant positive social change by supporting indigenous Australians in establishing successful careers.

Founded 14 years ago, AES has now helped 110 indigenous students through traineeships.

It has also helped more than 5500 skilled job seekers find work, increasing the indigenous workforce by five per cent, while saving $2 billion in welfare benefits.

Forty corporate partners have also signed up to the strategy, working to change the face of the Australian workplace.



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