Bunbury-based company Perkins Builders has developed a new strategy to help bring more young, indigenous citizens into the local workforce.
Perkins has officially launched its Indigenous Engagement Plan, aiming to provide apprenticeships for students of The Clontarf Foundation.
The program will provide an indigenous student with the chance to fill one of Perkins’s six apprenticeship slots per year.
It follows three essential elements – Relationships, respect, and opportunities.
The company celebrated the plan’s launch at a ceremony on Thursday, May 10.
During the event, Perkins Builders Group General Manager Daryl Lathwell said managing director Dan Perkins and the management team devised the initiative to create fair opportunities for all citizens.
Perkins Builders business development manager Mark Parish said the company wholly supported the Bunbury community.
“I think it’s really good for the soul, heart, and culture of the company,” he said.
“It’s about helping people to understand the issues and know that we’re doing something about it.
“It’s also about getting young aboriginal kids into work and changing the patterns.”
Mr Parish credited Clontarf and the Wirrapunda Foundation for helping young indigenous people get into regular routines.
G Cole Consulting managing director Gordon Cole lauded Perkins’s commitment to providing equal opportunities in the workforce.
“It goes to show that Perkins, in their 50-odd years, have shown a lot of commitment in embracing indigenous engagement,” he said.
“I think it’s going to be great for their company, the community, and the people in Bunbury, Perth and all over Australia.
“It’s a family-based company and the core aspect of the indigenous community is family.”
Clontarf Foundation students performed in the ceremony, while artist Ash Collard presented the company with a painting symbolising unity.
Dennis Jetta led a Welcome to Country, recognising the indigenous community’s role in the region.
He thanked Perkins and Clontarf for their assistance.