A new initiative will provide training opportunities for 200 young Aboriginal job seekers in the sheep meat processing sector.
It will connect them with Dubbo’s Fletcher International Exports, which has demand for workers.
The boost in employment opportunities for Aboriginal people has come through the federal government’s Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) program which ensures local Indigenous people received real employment opportunities.
A client of Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Fletcher International targets job seekers from highly disadvantaged backgrounds who require more support to address multiple employment barriers.
Fletcher International chief executive officer Melissa Fletcher said the funding announcement meant so much to the business.
“Someone once said to me, ‘you need to use your influence within a great business to make a vehicle for your people’,” Ms Fletcher said.
Roger Fletcher said it was “a big ask” for young Aboriginals from outlying communities to come into Dubbo to work.
“We have two young girls from Walgett here. I try and get around the new staff every day when I am here to see how they are going,” Mr Fletcher said.