Our Foundation Skills Program has been designed in partnership with Tribal Warrior to provide participants with both connection and a range of core life and work skills.
“While we’ve had a long partnership with MAX, we’ve recently worked with the MAX team to develop this program designed to support connections and drive outcomes for former offenders,” says Tribal Warrior Talent Manager Jacob Saunders.
“We believe in working hand in hand amongst community at a grass root level to drive positive outcomes, through individual ownership, healing and empowerment,” he says.
MAX Indigenous Programs Specialist Damien Martin was instrumental in developing the program.
“Customers can access support across a range of areas including confidence building, building healthy habits and money management. A number of the modules are delivered alongside Tribal Warrior team members and local Elders,” says Damien.
“Ultimately, if people are looking to turn their lives around, we’re here with the Tribal Warrior team to support that journey,” he says.
As we offer this program to our customer, we’re delighted to see individuals like Matthew take up the opportunity to change their lives for the better.
After working for 20 years in the construction industry and a period in the corrections system, Matthew was keen to change direction.
“As a father to young children, Matthew is passionate about turning his life around and providing for his family. To help him succeed we’re connecting him with post-release support at Tribal Warrior including various Foundation Skills Program modules,” shares Damien.
Matthew has some struggles with anxiety and confidence in communicating and he is also benefitting from connecting to culture and community within the supportive environment at Tribal Warrior.
For Matthew, participating in the program is a step towards achieving his goals including following the footsteps of his late father into a career in health services.
“We look at guiding our customers, we really take the time to talk to them about what they want to do, take a person-centred approach,” says Damien.
“They’re the expert in their life and where they want to head, so we try to support that journey. The Foundation Skills Program is one of the opportunities we offer to do that,” he says.
Image L-R: Rhys Gissane (MAX Job Coach), Jacob Saunders (Tribal Warrior Talent Manager), MAX customer Matthew, Lance Edwards (MAX Indigenous Mentor), Elisa-Jane Prentice (Tribal Warrior Talent Team), Stefano Aurisicchio (MAX Job Coach).