ACCOR Hotels celebrated the most recent graduates of their Indigenous Job Ready Program last week in a graduation ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Park Novotel Hotel with MAX Employment ambassador and Rugby League legend Steve Mortimer in attendance.
ACCOR National Indigenous Programs Manager Marc Bennie said the program is part of company initiative to build their Indigenous workforce.
"Our aim was to build our Indigenous Workforce by three percent by 2015, and we’re proud to say that as of 2105 3.7% of ACCOR’s workforce identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
“We have been able to employ Indigenous applicants through the Job Ready Program, and it is through working with various employment providers, including MAX Employment, that we are able to source and train Indigenous Australian job seekers,” Mr. Bennie said.
MAX Employment is the largest provider of employment services in Australia, with employment, health, training and humanitarian services provided in more than 120 locations nationally, including some of Australia’s most remote regions.
Mr. Bennie said it was in part thanks to support provided by employment agencies like MAX across the country that the program has expanded from 16 to 27 nationally.
“We’re looking at over 400 Indigenous Australian’s completing the course and being ready for employment within the next year, with employment providers like MAX providing information on candidates’ background, experience, aspirations, and personal circumstances.
“It goes a long way to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and embracing the benefits of having a culturally diverse workforce,”he said.
MAX Employment and ACCOR Hotels will continue to work together to create job opportunities for Indigenous Australian’s through the 27 programs nationally.
Image caption: Rugby League legend Steve Mortimer with an Indigenous Job Ready Program graduate.