Local employment and skills advisory service supporting Singleton’s First Nations people kicks off with a community barbecue


Singleton Council’s Indigenous Employment Pathways Advisor, Sam Robinson has teamed up with Blackrock Industries, an indigenous-owned service company providing people and equipment to mining and civil projects across the Hunter Valley, to host a feed and a yarn at Singleton Heights Sports Centre from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 20 July. The barbecue is a chance for the local First Nations community to get together to talk about the opportunities and barriers to jobs and employment in Singleton. 

Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity said it was a great opportunity for people to learn how the Indigenous Employment Pathways Program can help people link with training, employment and Aboriginal services to get on the right path to get a great job.

Funded by the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program and an initiative of Singleton Council and Business Singleton, the Indigenous Employment Pathways program partners with indigenous organisations and services, employment service providers, schools, training organisations and providers, State and Federal government organisations, DESE Hunter Employment Facilitator, industry and community organisations to help Singleton residents access new opportunities locally. 

“This is a specialist Employment Pathways program for indigenous people comprising two components: the first to understand the community’s needs in terms of barriers to employment, what employment pathway opportunities are available, and understanding what services are available to support those employment pathways,” she said.

“The other part is to connect those members of the community who are looking for opportunities with dedicated Aboriginal services and wider networks to put them on the right path to securing long term employment.”

Mrs Brereton said employment pathways could include employment, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, or other different kinds of opportunities and services available for Aboriginal people in Singleton.

The program is open to youth, transitioning workers, those already working but looking to upskill, mature workers seeking new opportunities, mothers or fathers returning to work and Aboriginal small business, both start up and established.

“We’ve already made some strong relationships with services in the community and I’m excited to see what we can achieve together as part of this program,” Ms Brereton said.

“The real success will be measured by people getting involved, and I hope people looking for culturally appropriate services and employers will come along to meet Sam and learn about how the program can help you.”

For more information or to contact Sam Robinson, contact  02 6578 7226 or email srobinson@singleton.nsw.gov.au