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Queensland Reds and Mission Australia launch Red'dy to work

The St.George Queensland Reds in partnership with Mission Australia, last Friday helped launch a ground breaking employment program which aims to improve the job prospects for Indigenous young people living in the Ipswich region. 

The players will play a vital mentoring role in the REDdy to Work program, a joint Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) between leading Australian employment service provider Mission Australia and the Queensland Reds. 
Anthony Faingaa helped MC the event, while Albert Anae, Curtis Browning, JJ Taulagi, Samu Kerevi and Kris Kuridrani also attended the event held at the Workshops Railway Museum. 
REDdy to Work is funded by the Federal Government and aims to provide long-term, sustainable employment opportunities for 45 young Indigenous job seekers in the Ipswich region. 
Mission Australia State Director Phil Schultz said Queensland Reds players including Mission Australia Ambassador Faingaa were an inspiration to young job seekers. 
“They illustrate just how important it is to stay focused and motivated, even during the tough times,” Mr Schultz said.  
“Through the REDdy to Work program Mission Australia will work with the Queensland Reds to identify long-term employment opportunities for job seekers within the business community and provide the targeted support and training needed to succeed in the workplace. 
“The players will also assist with issues like goal setting, healthy lifestyles and social and emotional well-being.” 
The REDdy to Work program will run for 18 months and targets job seekers, aged 16 to 25, who need assistance developing the skills and confidence to secure employment. 
“The Queensland Reds is a high profile, healthy, family orientated sporting club that has similar values to Mission Australia – values such as integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration,” Mr Schultz said. 
“The Reds provide us with a terrific tool to attract and motivate young Indigenous people into programs that improve their health, build confidence, establish career development goals and pursue pathways to sustained employment. 
The REDdy to Work program also helps job seekers learn about employers’ expectations and career planning. They will be provided with industry-specific training and employment placements. 
“The ongoing support REDdy to Work will provide once participants have secured work will ensure they can successfully address any challenges that emerge along the way.” 
According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), released by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), the rate of youth unemployment (15-24 yrs) in Ipswich is 8.3%, while the rate of teenage (15-19 yrs) fulltime unemployment in Ipswich stands at 25.2%. 
This is significantly higher than Queensland’s 5.9% overall unemployment rate. 
Queensland Rugby General Manager – Game Development, Rob Donaghue, is looking forward to seeing Queensland Rugby’s partnership with Mission continue to deliver employment opportunities for Queensland’s Indigenous communities. 
“I’m confident that the strong partnership between the Reds and Mission Australia will continue to deliver employment outcomes for young Indigenous Queenslanders and in particular for the group of 45 REDdy to Work participants over the next 18 months,” he said. 
“The Queensland Reds Indigenous Program is supporting a whole generation of Indigenous Queenslanders, starting with assistance at the early years of school through to senior school, tertiary education and employment. 
“It’s a holistic approach that ensures we stay engaged and involved with our participant’s through each stage of their development.” 
REDdy to Work will be the second Indigenous Employment Program Mission Australia has run in partnership with the Queensland Reds in southeast Queensland. 
Last year’s program resulted in 35 young Indigenous job seekers (100% of program participants) securing sustainable employment in industries including hospitality, construction, mining, business administration, airline services, childcare and health services. 
“Many overcame great personal challenges, often coming from communities with generational unemployment. Despite this, these participants were keen to learn the skills necessary to secure a brighter future,” Mr Schultz said. 

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