The right workplace support for Indigenous youth
June 2019 VIC
Australian Olympian Kyle Vander Kuyp says that part of the reason for his success is that he has “bumped into the right people on the way” who have mentored and guided him. As an Indigenous Australian, he’s been an enthusiastic mentor for young Indigenous people entering the workforce.
“It’s been 10 years since I retired from sport and I had a gut feel at the time about working with young people,” he says. “That has motivated me to jump into ambassador and mentoring roles.”
Kyle is Indigenous Engagement Manager at furniture design and manufacturer Schiavello Group. He works nationally supporting Indigenous people in employment and apprenticeship programs as well as running cultural awareness programs for all staff, presenting an introduction to Indigenous culture. In 2017, Kyle teamed up with Schiavello to establish Schiavello Ganbu, which drives the company’s employment, education, community relationships and supports its commitment to the Federal Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy on a number of projects.
With that experience, there’s no better person to speak at our upcoming Networking Event on 26 June, sponsored by GroupGSA, about how companies can increase Indigenous employment in the property and construction sector.
Kyle says Indigenous people have a lot to offer in the workplace as they are hard-working, enthusiastic and have a lot of energy. “They just need the right support to help them progress.”
“Often a key issue for Indigenous young people is finding secured housing, so I’m enthusiastic about being part of a PIF event, as they continue to build homes for young people.”
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