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Gas industry sets sights on indigenous students with new partnership

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The Clontarf Foundation has partnered with the Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT) to encourage more indigenous students to consider a career in the gas industry.
 
The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the education, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Mark Skehan, General Manager, Graduate Employment at the Foundation believes that oil and gas employers should look to connect with potential Aboriginal employees while they are still in school and provide a range of entry-level roles and graduate programs.
 
AGT is a unique event for Australia’s gas industry and is expected to bring more than 120 exhibitors and 3500 visitors to Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25 to 27 July 2012. The Clontarf Foundation will bring a group of more than 40 Aboriginal students to the AGT where they will hear free presentations, learn career pathways and have personal interactions with major gas employers and training bodies.
 
Mr Skehan hopes that some gas companies will consider partnering with the Foundation when they learn more about their work within the Aboriginal community. Being the community partner for AGT also provides an opportunity to raise the profile of the Foundation’s work in terms of engaging and supporting young indigenous men in school and helping them in their transition to employment.
 
AGT’s Careers and Training seminar program will feature a session for employers on 27 July focusing on the employment of indigenous workers, with speakers from the Clontarf Foundation and leading Aboriginal employment organisation, One People HR.
 
Supported by the Central Institute of Technology, The Resource Channel, John Holland Group, GE Oil & Gas, GHD Australia, CCI Apprenticeship Solutions, the University of Western Australia and Curtin University, AGT’s Careers and Training program will play host to tertiary and TAFE students and mature age workers to encourage the next generation to pursue a career in the gas industry.
 
The AGT exhibition will also have a strong recruitment focus with the Careers & Training Zone, featuring The Resource Channel’s Careers & Advice Lounge, giving visitors an opportunity to source information on graduate and training programs and career opportunities in the gas industry.
 
Mr Skehan said that a greater range of entry-level roles, graduate programs and university cadetships would encourage more indigenous students to pursue a career in the gas industry.
 
This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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