Work on delivering more employment for Aboriginal people has commenced at Souths Cares after recently being awarded two Government employment contracts which aim to increase Indigenous participation in the labour market.

The NCAP Program – New Careers for Aboriginal People – is a Government funded initiative that allows Souths Cares to identify, create and support opportunities for sustainable education, training and employment.

The contract means that Souths Cares will be delivering a total 450 jobs and training for Aboriginal people in the Bankstown, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Camden areas.

Teressa O’Brien is one of the newest members of the Souths Cares team and has hit the ground running as the new NCAP Program Manager for Sydney’s South West, based in Liverpool.

“This approach is working and we know this because we’ve had some early successes,” said Teressa.

“It is a massive challenge for me and our team but I believe that our goals are achievable. Working in this role is a very rewarding way to give back to the community and my people.”

Souths Cares already has partnerships in place with a wide range of employers and are currently encouraging even more to jump on board.

“There are not only opportunities for unemployed people or others seeking a change of career, but also for employers,” said Teressa.

“We enjoy a strong relationship with employers and they are in fact employing our candidates. Some of our partners are larger employers such as Australia Post, QANTAS and Barrington, and we are keen to grow these relationships to a point where we become their preferred suppliers.

“There are always opportunities to sit and talk with community and employers about what they are each looking for and I’m always available for that chance.

“Matching up people to employer expectations is what we do, so this is certainly a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone involved.”

Souths Cares and Teressa encourage both workers from Sydney’s south west and all prospective employers who would like to utilise the service to make contact via email at: tobrien@rabbitohs.com.au.

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