The employment gap between indigenous and nonindigenous Australians remains high despite the establishment of the “Close the Gap” framework in 2008.
As such, Davis (2016) suggests that creating education opportunities should go alongside employing adult aboriginals, as poor living conditions serve as a barrier to quality education. Additionally, according to Gray et al. (2012), aboriginal students have been shown to have poor education outcomes in tests compared to their nonindigenous counterparts, and this difference comes down to a broad range of factors including health, living conditions and quality of education.
A case in point is that of Sharon Davis. Having grown as an aboriginal, Sharon states that education is critical to the freedom of this population and self-determination. Sharon who is a trained teacher and has been appointed as the Team Leader for Aboriginal Education at Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) states that it was through her professor as an undergraduate student that she learned that reconciliation was central to the attainment of equal status between the two groups in Australia. She observes that education for the aboriginal population should go beyond parenting skills but most importantly to ensure that the indigenous students are uplifted to equal levels as the nonindigenous, and understand their histories, culture and languages. Sharon states that she was lucky to have a nonindigenous that supported her through despite having been brought up in an aboriginal setting. Receiving quality education is what made the difference between herself and the other students from her background. Today she can equally compete in the labour market. More than equality, Sharon indicates that justice is vital for the promotion of social and economic welfare of the aboriginal population in Australia (Davis, 2016).
National data collected from all sources exemplify that the indigenous community in Australia is definitely underprivileged. Even though they are just over 3% of the total population, they have a rich cultural heritage. This is because of the prejudices that they face as a community.
CIS understands its responsibilities and has been one of the leading non-profit organisations in the country to lead from the front with its innovative indigenous employment program. Our aim to get Australian indigenous communities to enter the mainstream job market in Australia through our very own indigenous employment in Australia stems from two basic reasons:
CIS’s indigenous employment program
Our indigenous employment in Australia program is a three-way handshake between the indigenous communities, corporates entities and the team of CIS. It involves working on two levels –
CIS’s indigenous employment in Australia is not only about knowledge sharing and imparting learnings but also about bridging the gap that exists between the corporate world and the indigenous community. We have taken it upon ourselves to help the business world understand the importance of giving this community an opportunity to work with them and contribute meaningfully towards the development of this community.
So, while we prepare the young and employable from the indigenous community to go out, work and realise their dreams, we associate with job providers under our indigenous employment in Australia program. CIS believes in delivering realistic and practical goals to the local community of Australia so that they are empowered, have a positive future to look forward to and get wider acceptance amongst the non-indigenous population of the country.