Because of her - we can.

This year's NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee)  theme is celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who fought, continue to fight for justice, equal rights, rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate their culture, language, music and art.

So, with the theme of Because of her - we can, I’d like to celebrate Banyan women, Deb Nelson, the Managing Director of Aboriginal employment advocacy group Yarn’n.

Last year, Randstad formed a partnership with Yarn'n to ensure all processes are adapted to recognise and meet the cultural needs of participants and provides quality, tangible results for both our clients and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We aim to achieve this with authenticity and meaning, while still delivering a robust, quality based, proven recruitment and project management solution.

Thanks to the work of Deb and her team we are able to strengthen our ongoing focus on inclusion and diversity; bringing two experts in their fields together to promote ongoing, meaningful employment across indigenous communities throughout Australia. It’s crucial work that makes a difference.  As Deb says, “for every Aboriginal candidate that successfully gets a job, seven people directly benefit".

Yarn’n is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated boutique Aboriginal Employment Services agency which works to create and deliver sustainable change through employment within both the Aboriginal community and Australia as a whole.  Their aim is to use employment as a platform to help Aboriginal people sustainably change their lives for the better.  Having been in operation for over 10 years, Yarn’n is recognised for establishing national benchmarks in the recruitment, training and retention of Aboriginal people.

Randstad supports this vision and having worked closely with Yarn’n  across key initiatives, our aligned philosophy in regards to inclusion and connecting people with meaningful job opportunities, strengthens this commitment further.

This NAIDOC Week I encourage you to check out their website with further information on events and resources to attend and to raise awareness in your workplaces. 

about the author

Kerry McQuillan - GM Diversity and Inclusion

Kerry is our expert in all things Diversity and Inclusion. Collaborating with our clients, Kerry helps implement strategies and tactics that help build a more inclusive and diverse workplace for all.

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