Rodney Augustine started in desking/assembly (Schiavello Manufacturing) in May last year, followed byJoseph Martin-Jard in carpentry (Schiavello Construction) a few months later, Derek Kickett in the joinery department (Schiavello Furniture) in November 2018 and our newest Indigenous apprentice, Jamaica Isley, also joined the carpentry division (Schiavello Construction) in February this year.
“It’s so great to have more Indigenous employees here at Schiavello who have come from different parts of Australia. I look forward to watching them progress in their roles, grow in confidence and pick up new skills that will set them up for successful careers. I feel very proud to see young guys come into employment knowing that they’ve left their home and families to pursue their futures. They are doing themselves and their families proud.”
“Since we’ve introduced Schiavello Ganbu, I’ve also had a number of staff members from around the country come to me and proudly discuss their Indigenous heritage,” Kyle says. “That’s great to see. As we build the Ganbu program I look forward to delivering more cultural awareness sessions and encouraging a greater sense of pride that we are supporting our First Australians who are part of the oldest surviving culture in the world.”
Ganbu works to increase direct Indigenous employment and participation across the Schiavello workforce.