Townsville construction company Ausco Modular is building bridges to indigenous communities to advance reconciliation.
The company has just hired its first indigenous apprentice and for the past few years has been involved in sponsoring training, sporting and leadership initiatives for the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Ausco first year apprentice Fredrick McGilbary (left) being shown the ropes by Gus Logan. Photo courtesy of the Courier Mail.
Ausco manufacturing manager Craig Canning said key to the efforts had been the company’s support of the local sporting club the Garbutt Magpies, which organises a Boys Into Men leadership program for indigenous youth.
The Boys Into Men program involves indigenous elders, leaders and community members volunteering their time as role models to encourage boys to take responsibility for their lives.
“We take them out to country and discuss being men,” Mr Canning said. “We then take them back to the club environment to practise what they have learnt. We also talk to them about trying hard and doing well at school.”
Mr Canning said the program also involved visiting local schools and talking to students about employment opportunities.
Robert Corby, Principal of St Teresa's College pictured with new Ausco apprentice Fredrick McGilbary, Ausco's Manufacturing Manager Craig Canning, Paul Eames from Workforce Development and Rhain Butler from Apprentice Support Australia.
Ausco is an entrant in the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, which recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that had striven for unity and reconciliation.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said this year’s awards, to be held during National Reconciliation Week from May 27, were an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.
Article courtesy of the Courier Mail.
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