As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, for the past eight years we have participated in the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Given the Chance refugee employment program. We recently celebrated our 100th participant in the program.
We have provided valuable work experience and employment opportunities to refugees in Australia. As Shoji, a program participant explained: “At the start it was very hard. There was a different culture, language barrier and lack of a reference. I really appreciate that there is someone who can look after people like us. There may be talent somewhere, but you need to give it a chance. That is the main thing.”
78% of program participants are now permanently employed by the bank.
Speaking at an event to celebrate the 100th program participant, CEO Australia, Philip Chronican said “Through Given the Chance, our existing employees gain an opportunity to be a leader, a coach, mentor and buddy”.
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