Employment Services Partnership
About the partnership
NSWALC has entered a partnership with Olympus Solutions, a leading provider of employment services with a successful track record of bringing people and jobs together. Olympus Solutions is the employment division of Ability Options, an organisation with a commitment and focus to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The purpose of the partnership is to increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Why work together?
Aboriginal people continue to face higher unemployment rates, lower average wages, serious shortages of social and affordable housing, and limited pathways to home ownership. Efforts by all levels of Government to address these issues have not achieved the necessary improvements.
NSWALC and Olympus Solutions recognise that without doing something different, Aboriginal people won’t get the right support to get a job.
What are we doing about it?
NSWALC will work in partnership with Olympus Solutions to promote and embed cultural change that sees Aboriginal people shaping how services are delivered so that they feel comfortable, welcomed and in control.
Aboriginal people will be able to share their stories and employment ambitions knowing that they will be listened to and supported.
Through the partnership we can be creative in finding different ways of relating, sharing and supporting which will benefit our mob, their families, their connections and the broader Aboriginal communities where we live.
What does the partnership mean for Aboriginal people?
NSWALC and Olympus have partnered to secure sustainable employment for Aboriginal people through new contracts to deliver:
- Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC), commencing February 2018
- Disability Employment Services (DES), commencing July 2018.
Olympus Solutions and NSWALC will look to expand the suite of services they deliver together as further opportunities arise in the future.
This is good news for Aboriginal people in NSW because, together, NSWALC and Olympus Solutions will work hard to remove the barriers to opportunities that prevent Aboriginal people getting the job they want. Initially, the partnership will cover the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions but as we learn, we will expand to other areas right across NSW making sure Aboriginal people in NSW are supported to get a job and equality in career advancement opportunities.
The partnership approach allows us to learn from each other to more effectively deliver the services and support needed for Aboriginal people to find and keep sustainable employment.
NSWALC will use its connections with Aboriginal people across NSW to create clearer pathways to access these employment services.
What is going to be different?
Working together in partnerships creates knowledge sharing and builds a bigger network and a fuller understanding of the service needs and the cultural environment that is needed to bring about change.
Opportunities for employment will also be more abundant as Olympus Solutions recruits more Aboriginal people to work across their Program areas across the regions.
How will Aboriginal People access the service?
The Olympus Solutions offices are welcoming for Aboriginal people to attend and our teams understand and meet the needs for our mob.
The VTEC team are Aboriginal staffed and managed, our call centre which will be taking your enquiries has Aboriginal staff representation, and our employment service centres have Aboriginal staff representation in all regions. Our teams work together to ensure that the service delivery is culturally competent and the job opportunities brokered support the goals and aspirations of Aboriginal people.
Olympus Solutions will ensure that our services are based around Aboriginal people servicing Aboriginal clients.
If you think you, your family, friends or community would benefit from our support to get the job they are looking for, please contact Olympus Solutions on 1300 422 454 or drop into one of our service centres.
For more information or Service Centre locations refer to our website – olympus.org.au