Coates Hire has launched its investment into the Clontarf Foundation with a visit to Clontarf’s Endeavour Academy, part of Endeavour Sports High in Caringbah, New South Wales.
The Endeavour Academy is one of 136 academies which will receive support from Coates Hire as part of the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan announced last year.
The investment will be matched by Federal and State Governments and will go towards supporting Clontarf Academies across the country where both Clontarf and Coates Hire co-exist.
The Clontarf Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation that exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
Coates Hire CEO Murray Vitlich said the partnership is one of the proudest initiatives the company has undertaken.
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“It has been an honour to meet the team behind the Academy and some of the students who stand to benefit from this initiative,” Vitlich said.
“We believe in this partnership’s potential to help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men gain valuable experience, but also in its potential to raise awareness and understanding of the culture of our nation’s first people within Coates Hire.”
In addition to the three-year financial investment, as part of its commitment Coates Hire will:
- Begin exploring recruitment and upskilling opportunities for Clontarf students and alumni
- Develop an engagement calendar for Coates Hire employees to participate in local academy activities
- Provide cultural awareness education for Coates Hire employees
Coates Hire will drive a number of initiatives to foster respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of its Reconciliation Action Plan.
It will also aim to build cultural awareness and embed a culture of inclusion and diverse thinking across the company.
The plan outlines several targets for the company, including increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprenticeship participation rates to 10 per cent by 2025 and increasing its overall employee participation rate to 2.5 per cent by 2025.
The company will begin educating employees on cultural awareness by June 2021.
In addition, the company has pledged to increase its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business procurement to 5 per cent of suppliers engaged in a tender, and 1 per cent of total supplier spend contracted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses by 2022.
“We look forward to helping our students seeking gainful employment when they leave school, and Coates Hire’s commitment opens a unique pathway for many of our year 12 leavers to work directly with one of Australia’s proudest companies,” said Endeavour Clontarf Academy Director Jeff Hardy.