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Celebrating Continued Partnership: Programmed & Clontarf Foundation

Jun 28, 2024

We are excited to announce the continuation of Programmed’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation.

The Clontarf is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve young First Nations men’s education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects, helping them engage more fully in society.

Our partnership with Clontarf is not a recent development. It dates back to 2016, when Programmed and Skilled Group merged. However, the roots of this collaboration can be traced back even further, to 2012, when Skilled Group and Clontarf first joined forces.

One of the successful outcomes of our partnership is The Wadjemup Cup. This Clontarf Foundation initiative, in collaboration with the Rottnest Island Authority, has been a recurring event on the island for over a decade. It has not only provided students from across the state with a platform to showcase their football skills but also fostered new friendships and deepened their understanding of the cultural significance of Wadjemup.

Additionally, Programmed has been actively involved in attending employment forums, hosting School-Based Traineeships (SBT) for current students, and offering employment opportunities to Clontarf alumni across the business.

“The Clontarf Foundation uses a unique, innovative, and highly successful approach to improve the education, employment and wellbeing outcomes of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. In 2024, the Foundation supports 11,400 young men in 156 academies across WA, the NT, SA, QLD, NSW and VIC. Over 1,000 Year 12 students are enrolled and working towards completing their secondary studies this year.

The Foundation’s partnership with Programmed provides Clontarf Academy members, graduates and alumni with many meaningful development opportunities and employment pathways. Programmed staff who participate in academy visits, host academy members at Programmed worksites or attend Clontarf events always demonstrate genuine care, warmth, and respect towards the young men they interact with. We thank Programmed for its support and are excited to continue our partnership.” – Gerard Neesham, CEO of Clontarf Foundation.

“We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Clontarf Foundation, recognising the vital impact of their work in empowering young First Nations men through education and mentorship. This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering inclusive opportunities and supporting community-driven initiatives that create lasting social change.” Mark Rademaker, Head of HR & Corporate Services, Programmed

This partnership with the Clontarf Foundation reflects Programmed’s commitment to deepening First Nations engagement and contributing to various social impact initiatives across Australia.

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