31 May 2016
Indigenous affairs officer to close employment gap
Labour Solutions Australia (LSA) has announced the appointment of Kathy Badrick to the role of Indigenous Affairs Officer.
The move strengthens LSA’s commitment to provide Indigenous people with sustainable employment opportunities across several industries including Food Processing, FMCG, Hospitality, Healthcare, Agriculture, Transport, Construction and Facilities Management.
Ms Badrick is a transformational leader with a passion for holistic employment programs. Since being employed by LSA as a workforce manager in 2012, she has established strong partnerships with community groups, government agencies, registered training organisations and industry groups, all with the intent of closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
An Indigenous woman herself, Ms Badrick said she looks forward to increasing the number of training and job networking opportunities for candidates, particularly those in regional and remote locations.
“The majority of my workforce is outside of Australia – there’s a real lack of our own Indigenous people,” she said.
“A big part of my role will be working with community groups to assist jobseekers to update their resumes, apply for roles, and receive useful training such as Certificate II and III in food processing and warehousing. It’s all about motivation and mentorship; boosting Indigenous people’s skills, confidence and engagement levels requires unorthodox recruitment methods.”
Ms Badrick draws on her own experiences to connect with workers from diverse backgrounds. A member of the Wakka Wakka people, originally from the South Burnett region of Queensland, Ms Badrick started her career on the factory floor. Thirty years and two children later, she’s an experienced human resources professional with specialist training in health and safety, and return to work programs.
Labour Solutions Australia’s Managing Director, Ed Hinschen, said this generation of business leaders can break the cycle of Indigenous unemployment.
“Indigenous participation in the workforce requires strong leadership from the top. I know senior managers out there who want to lead their business units towards more positive employment outcomes for Indigenous people, and Kathy has the personal experience and the passion to lead them,” he said.
About Labour Solutions Australia
Labour Solutions Australia (LSA) is a Workforce Management, Labour Hire, and Outsourced Employment Solutions provider. With an extensive national network, LSA offers flexible staffing and recruitment solutions across the Food Processing, Agriculture, FMCG, Hospitality, Healthcare, Transport and Facilities Management industries.
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