With youth unemployment figures for the Central West at 5.2 per cent, The Clontarf Foundation is working hard to help its 113 high school graduates secure a stable career pathway by connecting them with local businesses at its annual Employment Forum in Dubbo.
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Since 2016, Greater Charitable Foundation has provided $275,000 in funding to Clontarf Foundation to support its programs in various regional centres across NSW.
The 2018 Southern NSW Employment Forum will be held on Wednesday, 8th August at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, Darling Street.
Bruce Wilson, Clontarf Employment Officer for Southern NSW, highlights the success of previous forums and its aim to connect businesses with potential employees who are looking for career advice and opportunities.
“This will be the fourth forum we’ve held in Dubbo, with previous events resulting in over 80% of our alumni engaged in work or further study. Many are now employed with Clontarf partners such as the Greater Charitable Foundation who will be represented at this year’s forum,” said Mr Wilson.
“It’s aim is to introduce our current cohort of senior students to training and employment opportunities that may exist within various local businesses and to expose them to career options and pathways to direct their focus towards sustained employment after school.”
Greater Bank will be participating in the upcoming Employment Forum, with Dubbo Branch Manager, Cassie Reynolds, providing information to the prospective job seekers about the employment opportunities on offer in the financial services sector.
Ms Reynolds emphasised the importance of Clontarf’s work in preparing the next generation of young men to ensure they contribute positively to society.
“Clontarf programs are helping to address issues relating to long-term disadvantage at the grass roots level and in doing so, bringing about sustainable change,” said Ms Reynolds.
“There are significant positive effects for the whole community when these young men complete school, participate in the work force, and improve their lifestyles, health and economic status. We’re proud to be involved with an organisation that has such a positive and holistic impact on the lives of individuals and communities alike.”
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000, Clontarf has grown to cater for over 6,400 boys in 97 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. For more information visit www.clontarf.org.au