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National Close the Gap Day

This National Close the Gap Day (Thursday 18 March 2021), the Angus Knight Group reaffirms its unwavering commitment to be part of the solutions that are needed to achieve equity in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We believe that everyone deserves the right to a healthy future, and we understand that many of Australia’s First Peoples are experiencing entrenched disadvantage compared to non-indigenous Australians. 

Hear from our Group CEO Cameron Judson on Close the Gap

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the National Agreement) is designed to be a true partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and governments. At Angus Knight Group we commend the collaborative and proactive approach between Australian governments and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations. Through our daily work, we deeply understand that we achieve more together, and in close collaboration with the communities we serve.

The 16 targets of the National Agreement address priority needs in education, employment, health and wellbeing, justice, safety, housing, land and waters and languages. As we look ahead to the next decade of work that still needs to be done to close the gaps by 2031 and earlier, the Angus Knight Group expects to grow its service areas and community collaboration, particularly in relation to our focus areas of education, employment and community development.

Closing the Gap Targets  

Get involved and take the pledge – National Close the Gap Day 2021

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap has 16 national socio-economic targets across areas that have an impact on life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The progress against the targets will be monitored by the Productivity Commission and will help all parties to the National Agreement understand how their efforts are contributing to progress over the next ten years, with the aim of Close the Gap in life expectancy within a generation, by 2031. 

It will take the right investment and commitment to achieve the necessary socio-economic outcomes outlined in the National Agreement:

  • Outcome 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will enjoy long and healthy lives.
  • Outcome 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and strong.
  • Outcome 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are engaged in high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood education in their early years.
  • Outcome 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children thrive in their early years.
  • Outcome 5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full potential.
  • Outcome 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways.
  • Outcome 7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are engaged in employment or education.
  • Outcome 8: Strong economic participation and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  • Outcome 9: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people secure appropriate, affordable housing that is aligned with their priorities and needs.
  • Outcome 10: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
  • Outcome 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
  • Outcome 12: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not overrepresented in the child protection system.
  • Outcome 13: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and households are safe.
  • Outcome 14: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy high levels of social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Outcome 15: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical and economic relationship with their land and waters.
  • Outcome 16: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and languages are strong, supported and flourishing.

The Angus Knight Group’s Focus

For the past 30 years, the Angus Knight Group has delivered education, employment and community development outcomes to Australians.

We deliver Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC), Disability Employment Services (DES) and Community Development Programs (CDP) in direct support of the National Indigenous Australians Agency, which implements the Australian Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our companies and programs are building the capacity of some of the most remote communities in Australia, through job readiness, vocational education and job placement.

  • Nyirrunggulung-Rise
  • Real Futures
  • Rise Ngurratjuta
  • Rise Ventures
  • Rise Community Art
  • The Real Futures Women’s Business Second Chance Hub
    The WBSC hub is a ground-breaking program that aims to ensure that women who are at risk of being left behind have access to participate in and achieve quality learning, entrepreneurship, and employment outcomes through educational and vocational training. Real Futures has partnered with UN Women to deliver the first program of its kind in a developed country. The WBSC hub, supported by BHP Foundation as part of their global commitment to enabling access for all women to quality education, is being piloted in Western Sydney, a region that has the highest concentration of Aboriginal people of any single region in Australia.

How you can get involved this National Close the Gap Day

The National Close the Gap Day campaign is an independent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led campaign that calls on political leaders from all levels of government to act on health and education equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year’s theme is ‘Leadership & Legacy through Crisis: Keeping Our Mob Safe’.

While we await the government’s Closing the Gap report in July 2021, the Close the Gap Campaign will release its own report on Thursday 18 March 2021.

You can:

  • Attend the Close the Gap report launch via online webinar on Thursday 18 March 2021, 12-1.15pm AEDT.
  • Sign the pledge. Add your signature to the pledge to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island life expectancy.
  • Call, tweet or write to your local Member of Parliament and tell them that you want them to Close the Gap
  • Listen to and share the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Facebook – visit the Close the Gap Facebook page.
  • Share your photos and stories on social media. Use the hashtag #ClosetheGap

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New Group CEO – Cameron Judson, to lead next phase of growth at Angus Knight Group

The Angus Knight Group is undergoing significant growth following our success in the UK CAEHRS tenders, and recent acquisition of a large and successful training company, Learning Sphere, in Western Sydney.

To lead our future growth, and develop our organization and our people, our Board has appointed Cameron Judson as the new Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Angus Knight Group.

New group CEO, Cameron Judson
New group CEO, Cameron Judson

Cameron has a wealth of executive experience leading and growing large, highly people dependent service organizations. Of particular relevance to Angus Knight is his 10 years at Chandler Macleod, three years as Chief Executive Officer.

Cameron commenced with us on the 4th of January 2021.

Cameron joins the Executive team alongside founder Duncan Angus who will remain in the business on a day-to-day basis as Executive Director. “I am thrilled to have Cameron join our team, as his proven track record as being an exceptional leader of human services companies preceded him.”

Duncan added “Cameron will be able to build on the fantastic work we delivered in 2020. Whilst it was the most challenging year I have seen in 30 years, I was so proud of the Melbourne team in particular, who set a goal of getting 1000 jobs for people before Christmas, and they delivered in spades – 1841 people were placed into jobs in under 8 weeks “.

Cameron was attracted to the role as the company has been a quiet achiever. “Angus Knight is a very healthy company, with a great culture full of people who want to make a difference. I am really looking forward to unlocking the potential of what we do across the 152 locations in which we work”.

Angus Knight intends on expansion plans in the next 2 years that will include successful Government tenders, acquisitions and further international expansion.

Fast facts:

  1. AKG have supported over 1 million people since they started operations, 30 years ago
  2. AKG are currently working with nearly 40,000 Australians to prepare them for work, over 4,000 are indigenous
  3. AKG has engaged and supported 3,420 employers across the country to find the right people to join their teams
  4. In 2020, AKG has invested 825,928 hours into supporting people with Community, Education and Employment programs and in September to November alone – we attended 70,199 customer appointments
  5. In response to COVID we trained 1243 students to become qualified cleaners, and are seeing promising job placement growth in the industry areas including: Warehousing, Healthcare and Assistance, Transport and Postal services in line with shifts to online consumer spending and increased incidence of mental health issues
  6. In the past 3 years, AKG has opened 86 offices to support the growing customer demand for quality human services provision

ABOUT THE ANGUS KNIGHT GROUP
The Angus Knight Group (AKG) is an Australian owned company that develops individuals, communities, and organisations through our group of companies which provide employment, training, technology, health and outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991 with the motto “Enhancing Lives”, AKG now have 15 separate companies focused on providing services to disadvantaged Australians including indigenous people and people with a disability, across 152 locations in Australia.
As a group, we go above and beyond to deliver better outcomes for and enrich people’s lives at the local level. At the heart of our purpose and vision is our focus on transforming lives and communities. It’s this focus that guides our business from the strategic decisions we make through to the day to day operations.
Our business partnership model has progressed in recent years to now include newfound collaboration between employers, community and not-for-profit organisations. One of the few companies to actively seek national and local partnerships, we have grown significantly into one of the most progressive service providers in the welfare to work sector in Australia.

AKG is privately owned and 100% Australian.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact:

Anna Lohe
Chief Marketing Officer
M: 0408 500 178
[email protected]

Melissa Harrison
Chief of Staff
M: 0439 402 434

[email protected]

A: Suite 501, Level 5, 10 Bridge Street , SYDNEY , NSW 2000 | W: www.angusknight.com.au

P: (02) 9259 5555

Angus Knight acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

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Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce Announcement

Jobfind is proud to announce that we have been appointed to the Inner Metropolitan Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce established by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Jobfind is joined by key stakeholders including employer and community organisation representatives, education and training organisations, and local and state government representatives.

The taskforce brings together expertise, resources, and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in the region.  It is part of the $62.8 million Local Jobs Program which will operate in 25 regions across Australia through to 30 June 2022. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information for the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce for the Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region can be found here – https://www.employment.gov.au/inner-metropolitan-melbourne.

As a well-established provider of employment services within Inner Metropolitan Melbourne, Jobfind will represent and collaborate with employment services providers and other stakeholders to assist the Taskforce to develop local employment solutions and assist in growing business confidence to get people back into jobs.

Jobfind’s CEO, Anthony Parsons said “Jobfind’s 5-star rating and long standing, deep connections in Melbourne were formative in the selection of Jobfind to be part of this important taskforce. Our 1,000 jobs for Christmas campaign last year saw us secure 1,500 jobs for jobseekers, and we will be doing our best to do the same again this year, despite COVID-19. In fact, we have managed to place more than 300 people into work each month across Melbourne throughout the pandemic and lockdown”.

Jobfind’s representative on the taskforce will be our Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Regional Manager, Julia Bassani. Julia has an extensive career in employment services which she will use to identify growth industries. Julia will then work with all employment services providers and training providers in the region to meet the recruitment requirements of employers, training providers, and other key stakeholders. With the same focus and purpose of assisting jobseekers back into employment, education and training, Julia has been given an opportunity through the taskforce role to reach out to various networks and collaborate to assist our economy return post COVID-19.

As part of the Angus Knight Group, Jobfind delivers on an extensive range of employment services across metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Catch22 and Australian company Angus Knight launch joint venture to drive new approach to tackling unemployment

With unemployment levels in the UK set to soar as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, charity and social business Catch22 and Australian employment company Angus Knight have teamed up to create a new venture – Jobs22.

Jobs22 will design programmes, using the experience of Catch22 and Angus Knight, to help those who face barriers to employment find work.

Angus Knight provides employment and training for individuals and communities across Australia. Their hugely successful work with the charity Life without Barriers, uses technology and highly personalised support to help disabled people, and those with injuries, return to work.

Catch22 runs a number of pioneering employability programmes, including:

  • Bright Light: a programme run with The Children’s Society which provides training and support for care leavers to find employment
  • Digital Edge: a programme funded by Microsoft which opens pathways into digital apprenticeships for people facing barriers to employment
  • Social Switch: funded by Google.org, Social Switch teaches young people skills in social media management to harness their skills for good.
  • The Barclays Connect with Work programme: which helps people 16+ facing barriers to work find education and employment opportunities. It supports high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs, including clients and suppliers, to open up to new talent.
  • Inspiring Families and The Family Works Programmes: these are voluntary employment support programmes delivered by Catch22 on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. They support local people in the communities of Islington, Haringey, Enfield, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest who are part of families with complex barriers to of gaining employment.

Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Catch22, said:

“Catch22 has a strong track record of delivering employability contracts and working with vulnerable communities to help them find work. This new venture allows us to take our local knowledge and experience in delivery and the expertise of Angus Knight, to help rescue the thousands of people who find themselves jobless in the current climate.”

 “There is a great fit between the organisations; we share the same values and are absolutely committed to helping young people through this current crisis – and beyond.”

Angus Knight Group Chairman, Michael Hobday, said:

“Angus Knight Group is very excited to be joining with Catch22, a well respected and experienced provider of services across the UK in forming Jobs 22.  The UK is entering a difficult period where many talented people will be seeking a job, Jobs 22 will be there to assist and support them to quickly re-enter the work force.  We believe that no one organisation has all the answers to getting people back to work, that’s where Jobs22 will be different, it will bring together the strengths of both the for profit and not for profit sector to get Britain working again.”

The collaboration with Catch 22 builds on Angus King Group’s recent acquisition of Learn Plus Us, a London based skills business.

 Chris Wright added:

“Whatever services we’re delivering, we’re always looking at how we can do things better and differently. Public services are not being delivered as effectively as they could be – and that’s largely down to too much bureaucracy and not enough focus on the needs of those who use the services. There’s a huge need – and therefore a huge opportunity – to do thing differently in employability. We hope Jobs22 will be at the forefront of getting the people of the UK back to work.”

Ends.

For more information or comment, please contact: [email protected] / 07734824610

Jobs 22 is jointly owned by Catch22 and Angus Knight.

About Catch22

Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. We operate in employability, justice, education and young people and families services.

About Angus Knight

Angus Knight Group (AKG) is an Australian owned group of companies providing Employment, Training, Technology, Health and Outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991 with the motto Enhancing Lives, the AKG now has 11 separate companies focussed on providing services to disadvantaged Australians and British including indigenous and people with a disability.

Catch22 employability testimonies

Employer (Architect firm) working with Catch22’s employability team to recruit for an administrative role:

“We really cannot thank Catch22 enough for its support and we will certainly be using them again for any future hiring needs. Their values of supporting young people and their commitment to offering a personalised service are hard to come across and have helped [our company] in ways we hadn’t even considered!”

Martin was supported by Catch22 to secure an apprenticeship with South Liverpool Homes as part of the Barclays Connect with Work programme:

“Thank you for all the help and support you have given me finding work again. I felt very low about being out of work, but meeting [you] picked my mood up and it felt like only a matter of time before I would finally get a placement.

“You’re very motivated and made me feel motivated. I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic service. You helped me out more than you know.”

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Jobfind awarded 5 STAR rating from Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Jobfind has been announced as a recipient of the coveted 5 STAR rating by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment via the Victoria State Office. Jobfind has been recognised for providing outstanding jobactive services in two out of three regions, and 10 of our sites for the March 2020 Quarter.

Congratulations to Richmond, Camberwell and Narre Warren sites, who have all maintained their 5 star ratings for over twelve months, and Springvale who has maintained for the last four ratings.

A huge celebration is also underway at Jobfind’s 5 Star sites receiving their very first rating – already receiving the highest rating of 5 stars – Campbellfield, Airport West, Craigieburn, Flemington, Broadmeadows and Fitzroy.

“This is a particularly impressive result given the current climate,” says Jobfind CEO Anthony Parsons. “We are over the moon with this rating and will continue to provide an exceptional level of care and support to remain a provider of choice for those seeking employment.”

These 5 star ratings establish Jobfind as the nation’s top provider, proving that it’s about more than just a job at Jobfind.

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NIAA Approves Food Event in Katherine to Encourage Wellbeing and Health in Community

Katherine, Northern Territory, July 2020 – Despite ongoing restrictions being enforced off and on nationwide, and COVID-19 continuing to affect communities big and small, RISE Ventures is thrilled to announce the approval, via the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), of a Soup and Stew Day Activity at Food Ladder on July 24, starting 10AM. Rise Ventures, a leading provider of supportive and professional services around Australia, including the most remote regions of Queensland and the Northern Territory, has always taken pride in servicing Indigenous communities.

The disruptions wrought by COVID-19, whilst suspending some Community Development Activities, has not slowed down the Rise staff. “I am immensely proud of our team on the ground in Katherine,” states Duncan Angus, Founder and CEO of Rise Ventures. “These are exceptional circumstances to deliver and engage with our participants; to ensure welfare and health is maintained. They have worked closely with the Delegate to ensure that this event will be conducted in accordance with advice from health and government authorities. Rise will comply with any and all local restrictions in place… The health and safety of our staff and all those in community is our priority.” The event will be held at Food Ladder, the world’s first not for profit organisation to use environmentally sustainable technologies to create food and economic security for communities otherwise reliant on aid and affected by poverty.

“We are very grateful to be able to use Food Ladder’s facilities to not only ensure correct food safety procedures, but to also allow us to keep social distancing regulations whilst still enabling Rise staff to have a proper conversation and engage with our participants and those in community,” explains Tara Granzien, Rise Katherine’s Business Manager. “This event will help us engage with our most disadvantaged participants. It is so important.”

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