It may be a big business but it’s the small things that Coles stores in Darwin did for struggling job seekers that saw it win Mission Australia’s 2013 Northern Territory Employer of the Year award.
Coles, which has
five stores in the Darwin region, took out the award from
a field of businesses that Mission Australia’s Employment Solutions Team works
with to find stable jobs for people who’ve been out of work or require
additional skills, training and support.
Employment Solutions Manager Dean Procter said Coles went above and beyond to
help workers referred by them.
“Coles shone out
from the rest because of their willingness to teach people new skills and
provide a range of employment options for job seekers to find their feet and
niche, such as butchering, working in the bakery or on checkouts,” Mr Procter
“We’ve had numerous
clients go through their Indigenous Employment Program and each time Coles has
willingly worked with the individual’s personal circumstance to ensure
continuity of employment and the very best outcome for everyone.”
Mr Procter said
Coles provided skills development and a variety of hours to suit the many
different job seekers in the Darwin market.
that commits to hiring job seekers with significant challenges or who require
extra support, deserves recognition,” he said.
“Coles has not
only made a difference to these workers’ lives by helping them turn around
their circumstances, but the whole community and Mission Australia
Coles’ Zone HR
Manager SA/NT Roncie Briggs said winning Mission Australia’s top employer award
for the Northern Territory was a great thrill.
“Coles is continually
striving to develop as a leader in employment and training, so awards like this
provide fantastic recognition of the programs we’ve put in place and our
ongoing commitment to generating new job opportunities for people across the
Territory and Australia,” said Ms Briggs.
Job seekers are
referred to Mission Australia from Centrelink and other health providers.
Coles will now go
in the running for the national award to be announced on 8 October 2013.
winner will be recognised at a gala dinner in Sydney with a prize to the value
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