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Published on : Friday, February 5, 2016
Qantas yesterday announced its continued support of the Clontarf Foundation with a three year, $450,000 sponsorship deal which will provide funding, traineeship and employment opportunities to Indigenous students around Australia.
Qantas has partnered with the Clontarf Foundation since 2011, a school-based program aimed at improving the education, life-skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men across Australia.Qantas Group Executive Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said she was proud of the airline’s sponsorship of the indigenous education program which extends further than financial support.
“As the national carrier we are actively committed to creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people right across our business, and our partnership with Clontarf is more than monetary donations.“At Qantas, we are in a unique position to be able to offer these students real experiences in many dynamic and varied roles, whether it’s through our Indigenous School Based Traineeship program or as part of our Qantas Graduate Program which offers placements specifically for indigenous candidates,” she said.
“Our commitment to career and development opportunities is a key part of our Reconciliation Action Plan and by working with organisations like Clontarf we’re contributing to creating motivated, educated and highly employable people who we hope will one day choose to work with us at Qantas.”Clontarf Foundation Chief Executive Officer Gerard Neesham welcomed Qantas’ continued support.
“We’re really pleased that Qantas has been such a huge supporter of the Clontarf Foundation for the past five years and is continuing with its partnership.“With almost 450 Year 12 students in our programme this year and 600 projected in 2016, the partnership with Qantas will provide many employment opportunities for these boys, not only in the city but in many regional centres where we both operate.
“This funding will enable us to keep providing intensive support and mentoring to young Indigenous men in our Academies around the country, allowing our full-time staff to complete early morning school pick-ups, provide meals for the boys, purchase appropriate clothing and equipment and immerse the boys each day in as many rich experiential learning activities as possible such as leadership camps, carnivals, worksite visits and a whole lot more,” Mr Neesham said.