Souths Cares Launch Indigenous Employment Program

Souths Cares launched its new Indigenous Employment Program, ‘Ngalya Banga’ at NRL Headquarters in Sydney’s Moore Park with the help of jobseekers, employers and community members last Friday night.

The Program, supported by the Australian Government, is aimed at indigenous jobseekers and matching them up with local employers who can offer employment, traineeships or apprenticeships.

Community leader and parent, Danny Allende Snr, who was present the Launch called the night an excellent evening and a great success.

"A Great initiative from a wonderful, hardworking team at Souths Cares that are completely committed to our next generation of leaders and who are continually providing real outcomes and support for our local Aboriginal community,” he said.

Souths Cares General Manager, Shannon Donato, said that Ngalya Banga was an ideal name for the Program as it translates from Gadigal language as ‘Working Together’.

“It encapsulates our approach in assisting adult jobseekers - Souths Cares working together with community and employers, as a collective, to assist those looking for work and a better future,” said Shannon.

“I would like to especially acknowledge Aunty Norma Ingram’s assistance in translating the words into language for us.

“Without her efforts and support of the community in this regard we would still be without an indigenous program name.

“I would also like to thank the many community members, politicians, training providers, employers, corporate bodies, local councils and Souths Cares Directors for lending their support to our efforts in reducing local Aboriginal unemployment rates.”

Shannon added that employers and indigenous jobseekers interested in learning more about Souths Cares’ indigenous employment the program can do so by clicking on the following link to find out more: http://www.maxima.com.au/souths-cares.