Easternwell creates Indigenous career paths

Easternwell is focused on creating sustainable career paths for Indigenous youth in its organisation as part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Parity Initiative (IEPI).

The IEPI, which is overseen by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, aims to improve social equality for Indigenous people through job creation. Organisations involved in the initiative collectively aim to employ and retain 20,000 Indigenous job seekers by 2020.

Easternwell employee, Tamika Turner, has been a Camp Manager with Easternwell for nine months overseeing camp operations in Eastern Queensland.

Tamika is a qualified Chef with 10 years’ experience working in fine dining restaurants and cafes, however has embraced the challenges of managing remote camp operations.

“I am responsible for managing staff, ordering stock, menu planning and cooking meals, it is similar to being a head-chef but without the stress because of the two-week-on, two-week-off roster.”

Attracted to the role by the recommendations of Chef’s already working for Easternwell, Tamika has transitioned into the company with the support of our Indigenous Recruitment Team who have provided ongoing mentoring support and training development opportunities.

“Every day I am learning something new and finding valuable life skills through interaction with my co-workers. My Camp Managers are very supportive and we consider each other our work family.”

Outside of work, Tamika enjoys spending time with family and friends.

“I love having a whole two weeks at home to enjoy life so much more than only getting 2 days off a week in my previous jobs. I feel so much more refreshed and ready to go back to work after being at home.”

As a Broadspectrum subsidiary, Easternwell has an Indigenous employment rate of 4.5 per cent and commits to the Indigenous Employment Parity Initiative as part of the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

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