Looking to improve Aboriginal employment?
Do you want to build a workplace that respects, welcomes and supports Aboriginal people?
Want to develop effective strategies to find and keep Aboriginal staff?
Great. You're in the right place to learn how you can make Indigenous employment work.
I help employers develop effective Aboriginal employment strategies to find and keep Aboriginal staff so they can contribute to Aboriginal communities and grow their business.
More than 650 organisations have developed Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) since 2006, according to Reconciliation Australia's website. Many more are implementing Aboriginal employment plans, Indigenous action plans, and Aboriginal engagement strategies. Whatever you call them, more and more employers are trying to employ more Aboriginal staff, improve service delivery to Aboriginal communities, and use more Aboriginal businesses. These employers know that culturally inclusive practices and behaviours promote empathy and cohesiveness, which are traits of a great organisation.
It's clear that Australian businesses want to see Aboriginal people share the same benefits and opportunities as other Australians. It is not always easy, and sometimes you might feel like your best efforts go to waste. But knowing why the problem exists, where you may be going wrong, and what you can do better next time will help. That's where Blakworks comes in.
make Indigenous employment work
My name is Lindsay Stanford, and I'm a proud Gamilaraay woman. I'm also the founder and Principal Consultant of Blakworks Employment Solutions. I started Blakworks in 2008 to help Australian employers make Indigenous employment work by improving their understanding of Aboriginal employment, and building better workplaces to support Indigenous employment efforts.
I have been helping employers and employment service providers with Aboriginal employment for more than 20 years. I have worked for small, medium and large employers, employment service providers, and boutique Indigenous employment consultancies across NSW and the ACT.
I believe there is a way for employers to make Aboriginal employment work. I know that employers want to do better, and need to do better, in providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to have success in their workplaces. And just as importantly, I believe they can do better. With a little help and guidance, employers and employment service providers can make Indigenous employment work for everyone.
I am passionate about Aboriginal employment and believe that it is about much more than creating and filling jobs. It involves changing attitudes and creating work environments where Indigenous people feel welcomed, supported and respected. I love supporting businesses that want to make a contribution to Indigenous employment and helping find the strategies that will work for them.
Proud GOLD Sponsor of the Central Coast Indigenous Jobs Market 2016 and 2017
Blakworks Employment Solutions is continuing to support the CC Indigenous Jobs Market as a primary organiser and member of the Executive Committee. I'm looking forward to this year's event on Tuesday 4 July at The Entertainment Grounds (Gosford Racecourse).
I have worked in Aboriginal employment since 1998. Some of my work is listed below, and you can check out some of my more recent projects and clients here.
- Developed and implemented the Macquarie University Indigenous Employment Strategy resulting in the recruitment of 30 new Indigenous staff in 4 years
- Introduced both the Macquarie University Indigenous Traineeship Program (2005) and the ANU Indigenous Traineeship Program (July 2007), and the Indigenous Staff Development Fund
- Developed and delivered own Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces program to organisations including Macquarie University, the Australian National University, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Cricket Australia
- Committee member and actively involved in the development of the Australian National University’s (ANU) Reconciliation Action Plan (2008/09)
- Prepared and delivered workplace preparation courses to long-term unemployed Aboriginal people resulting in over 150 successful placements in career-based employment
- Mentored and coached Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and their (often non-Indigenous) supervisors for over 15 years
- Planned and introduced the Macquarie University Indigenous Employees’ Network resulting in quarterly networking and professional development events and increased retention
- Managed two Job Services Australia (JSA) offices in ACT/Queanbeyan
- Successful Employment Consultant with Job Services Australia (JSA) providers
- Recognised as an effective business partner amongst business and community stakeholders
- Member of Community of Practice (SuperCoP) for teaching and leadership at the ANU: A community focussing on the practical application of group facilitation, distributed leadership, reflective practice, and dialogue process to promote change in the university environment