Indigenous employment has long been an issue fraught with complexities, misunderstandings and negative attitudes. The Indigenous employment gap is something which successive federal and state governments have long sought to address; for which they are yet to find a meaningful, effective and long-term solution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between the ages of 15 and 64, are three times as likely to be unemployed as non-indigenous people. In fact, one in five Indigenous households are among Australia’s poorest; with much of our Indigenous population experiencing levels of poverty comparable to those in developing nations.
The federal government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is aimed at meeting the needs of Indigenous Australian’s and overcoming the issues which have resulted in the poverty, overincarceration and overrepresentation in disease and mortality rates.
Employment is a crucial factor in achieving these goals, and is one area in which Indigenous business is startlingly underrepresented. Joanne Pellew has dedicated her professional life to overcoming the issues facing the Indigenous employment sector, and has founded her organisations based on this need. Joanne is the first Indigenous woman to operate a private RTO in Western Australia, and is uniquely positioned, as a proud Noongar woman, to identify her community’s challenges and identify meaningful resolutions. She has built a nationwide network of job-seekers and corporate affiliations, and has since matched over 1,500 Indigenous workers with roles across a range of industries, including:
- Mining and resources
- Oil and gas
- Transport, logistics and warehousing
- Hospitality and catering
- Gardening and landscaping
Ochre Workforce Solutions employs innovate and effective strategies to connect job-seekers with vacancies and addresses the key aspects of driving Indigenous employment, including:
- Identifying skills gaps
- Pre-employment training
- Labour hire solutions
- Permanent placement solutions
Ochre Workforce Solutions, together with the iWork jobsite has empowered companies and Indigenous job-seekers alike to affect genuine change within the Indigenous employment sector. Ochre marries an inherent understanding of the Indigenous community, with insight and expertise in the employment sector, to bring about lasting solutions to the Indigenous employment gap. Ochre is tirelessly working to reshape the future for Indigenous employment within Australia.