1,000 Indigenous career opportunities targeted by 2018
Australia’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels is well on its way to achieving its Employment Parity commitment after breaking through a total of 400 Indigenous Australian employees for the first time, and just nine months following the launch of the Federal Government’s initiative.
AccorHotels, which employs over 10,000 staff nationally is one of the first Australian businesses to join the Federal Government’s Employment Parity initiative with the goal of reaching 660 new employment outcomes by 2018.
AccorHotels’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples workforce now represents 4% of all employees, with the goal of reaching 7% by 2018.
In 2015, there was a total of 277 new Indigenous starters resulting in a 49% increase on the previous year, led by strong growth in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland hotels.
Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, says: “Increasing sustainable job opportunities for Indigenous Australians has always been a priority since launching our initial commitment to Reconciliation in 2001.
“We’re extremely proud of the progress we have made in 2015 with a record number of employment outcomes in a single year. This has been reinforced by strong Government and community support and an inexorable focus on closing the Indigenous employment gap across our entire business,” said Mr McGrath.
In 2016, AccorHotels will implement 27 Indigenous job ready employment programs across the nation including expansion into Darwin, Kakadu, Mackay and Broome. At the same time, AccorHotels will continue to invest in building the strength of the 45 Indigenous leaders (supervisory positions or above) within the business through its internal training arm, AccorHotels Academie.
“We’re edging closer to appointing our first Indigenous hotel General Manager within the next 12 months,” concluded Mr McGrath.