ETC encourages local organisations to “Close the Gap”

Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) is committed to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and other Australians demonstrated by the launch of a Reconciliation Action Plan today.

ETC’s Acting CEO Jenny Barnett said reconciliation should be everyone’s business.

“ETC is committed to playing its part in helping end the disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians,” Ms Barnett said.

“Our Reconciliation Action Plan is about building constructive partnerships, promoting Australia’s unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobs and sustainable economic development.

“As a leading Job Services Australia Provider, and a Registered Training Organisation, ETC is particularly focussed on providing education and training opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Ms Barnett encouraged other businesses on the Mid North Coast to consider developing a RAP.

“ETC’s Reconciliation Action Plan is not only the right thing to do for the growth and success of our business; it is the right thing to do for the growth and prosperity of all Australians,” Ms Barnett said.

“We encourage all large employers on the Mid North Coast to consider developing a RAP in order to help reconciliation in Australia.”

Nyungga Black Group’s Indigenous Engagement Manager Shaun Hart assisted ETC with the development of the RAP and delivers Cultural Awareness Training for staff.

“ETC is the only organisation on the Mid North Coast with a current RAP,” Mr Hart said.

“We are pleased to see ETC leading the way and championing the cause in the employment and training industry.

“We encourage more workplaces to take on more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island employees to deepen people’s understanding and awareness of the daily challenges and barriers that Aboriginal people face.

“Giving people a job changes lives. It changes circumstances and people grow from there.

“Having a RAP is a social responsibility. It’s a company’s Indigenous Business Plan.”

For more information about the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program, please visit http://www.reconciliation.org.au/raphub/

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