Bunnings introduces Indigenous Transition to Work program
Bunnings is committed to making a positive impact, including attracting and recruiting a diverse team that reflects the communities in which it operates.
Encouraging Indigenous people to obtain fulfilling jobs with leadership development and career progression is a priority for Bunnings, and 2.3 per cent of team members in Australia self-identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Bunnings sets a target of employment parity for Indigenous people as part of Wesfarmers’ Employment Parity Initiative, which is three per cent of its Australian team by the end of 2022.
To help achieve this, during the financial year Bunnings began the Transition to Work program, an initiative to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people transition into permanent and rewarding work at Bunnings.
The program provides three months of paid work experience for participants with the aim to progress to ongoing employment after the three-month period, subject to successful completion of the program. To date, 40 people have completed the program, with 31 offered ongoing employment in Bunnings stores and distribution centres across Australia.
In the coming year, Bunnings will continue the Transition to Work program and its focus on recruiting more team members who will add to the diversity and success of the business.