The role of banks and large corporations in promoting a more inclusive society was highlighted as part of our support for the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) Sambell Oration.
This year’s Sambell Oration was delivered by Professor Ruth Lister, one of the UK’s leading experts in social policy and welfare.
Ruth shared her vision for an inclusive society and highlighted the many ways Australia could work towards a more inclusive society, including placing greater value on the importance of people engaged in unpaid work, such as carers or volunteers.
“For me, an inclusive society not only enables people to participate in the economic, social and cultural life of the nation, it is also a society in which each and every member is able to flourish and follow their particular dream of the good life,” Professor Lister said.
In her welcome address at the Oration, ANZ’s Group Managing Director, Human Resources, Susie Babani, described initiatives we have in place to provide employment opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including our traineeships for young Indigenous Australians and the Given the Chance program.
“These programs are part of our broader commitment to employ, support and retain people from diverse backgrounds and experiences,” Susie said.
Through the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s ‘Given the Chance’ program, ANZ has provided work experience to 37 refugees since 2009. 25 are now full time employees and we hope to recruit a further 15 employees in 2011.
Bol Buoi, from South Sudan, participated in ‘Given the Chance’ and is now a Branch Customer Consultant at our Northcote branch. Prior to joining the program, Bol had spent seven years trying to find work in Australia without any success.
“My experience in looking for work was very frustrating, so stressful. I was disheartened. Although I had studied hard to acquire skills needed for the job, I still couldn’t find the job I wanted on my own,” Bol said.
Through Given the Chance, participants undertake a 16 week work placement program, supported by pre-employment training, and a mentor and buddy who help ease the transition into the Australian work environment.