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Redfern’s Aboriginal employment program, Koori Job Ready (KJR) has moved to a new home at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE).
The change in management happened on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 and will see the program becoming a core part of the NCIE after two years at Australian Technology Park Sydney Limited (ATPSL).
KJR’s Senior Manager, Andrew Constantinidis, said they are looking forward to the move, “We’ve had a great time working at ATP, who have supported us and helped us change and grow whilst we continued to create bright and sustainable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“This move, to another locally based Indigenous institution, will give us more opportunities to create jobs, network with industry partners and give the best support we can to our students,” said Andrew.
ATPSL General Manager, Duncan Read, said that though the Park will be sad to see KJR leave he believes it’s a step in the right direction, “As KJR evolves it’s important they partner with a company, such as the NCIE, that best fits their mission and business model.
“This move definitely isn’t goodbye though, we will continue to support the program and look forward to working with the team on future projects and other community initiatives.”
Since its inception in 2006 KJR has trained hundreds of Indigenous people and created over 1000 employment opportunities in the Construction and Hospitality industries. Through theory, practical application and mentoring, the program offers students continued support throughout their training and future careers – a key to its success.
The NCIE is a centre that delivers life-changing programs with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and this is where their Chief Executive Officer, Jason Glanville, sees KJR as a perfect fit.
“Really we both have the same goal – to change the opportunity profile of a generation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. I think working together can only be a positive thing and I know everyone here at the NCIE is looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with KJR and its real employment outcomes.”