Australian construction and engineering group John Holland, is proudly partnering with CareerSeekers, a non-profit social enterprise that works with leading employers to create paid professional internship opportunities for young refugees or asylum seekers.
The CareerSeekers program breaks down barriers to employment for mid-career professionals seeking to reignite their careers in Australia, and provides employment pathways for refugee university students.
Executive General Manager – Infrastructure, Andrew English welcomed the national partnership as an example of John Holland’s commitment to helping individuals who often face barriers to obtaining professional employment gain expertise in Australia’s growing construction sector.
“We’re delighted to partner with CareerSeekers to provide young refugees or asylum seekers with pathways to entering the construction industry through our projects ,” Mr English said.
“By partnering with organisations such as CareerSeekers, we are able to provide people from all walks of life with an opportunity to learn skills they can use as they enter the workforce in coming years.
“John Holland has been transforming lives across Australia for more than 70 years, delivering the skills and projects that connect our communities. Today marks an exciting chapter in our ongoing commitment to expand diversity within our industry.”
Since their foundation in 2015, CareerSeekers have created more 700 paid internship opportunities for program participants. More than 80 per cent of participants successfully leveraged experience gained through their internships to obtain further professional employment.
John Holland Social Inclusion Manager – Infrastructure and Major Project, Greg Raffety praised the partnership for ensuring the benefits of Australia’s investment in new infrastructure provides opportunities for vulnerable communities.
“CareerSeekers is one of Australia’s leading social enterprise organisations, helping to provide humanitarian arrivals with successful employment strategies,” Mr Raffety said.
“Today’s announcement marks the first time John Holland has entered into a national partnership with a dedicated social inclusion provider.
“This multi-year collaboration will ensure young people from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to participate in these nation building projects.”