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Indigenous engagement

Indigenous engagement activity was accelerated during the year in the areas of employment, community interaction and supplier diversity.

Blackwoods achieved a 285 per cent increase in Indigenous employees during the year, employing 50 people in 2017 compared to 13 in 2016, ensuring Blackwoods’ workforce reflects Australian society.

In November 2016, WIS hosted its first Indigenous University student interns from Career Trackers in a valuable learning experience not only for the students, but also for the business and those working alongside the interns. One of the students accepted a permanent position in the WIS Graduate program.

WIS risk management consultancy business Greencap was pleased to recruit their first Indigenous Graduate in Environmental Science. The outstanding individual will provide an opportunity for key customers to benefit from his skills, knowledge and also a unique cultural perspective.

In early 2017 four Year 11 students from the Clontarf Academy School-based Trainee program joined Blackwoods in Sydney and Perth. The students will complete 100 days of work experience over a two-year period to complement their studies.

Coregas contracted Aboriginal Steel Art to create an iconic piece of artwork for their head office out of stainless steel, and also provided the gas and welding equipment for the production process.