The Woolworths group has received a $600,000 funding commitment from Australia’s Federal Government in support of employment opportunities for migrants and refugees. The funding will help Woolworths to provide additional training, coaching and work experience to guide a further 100 working-age migrants and refugees towards paid positions within the supermarket chain.
Since its inception in 2016, the Refugee Employment program has placed 69 refugees from Syria and the Middle East into paid roles at Woolworths.
Woolworths Group chief people officer, Caryn Katsikogianis said that it is essential for the Woolworths team to reflect the people it serves. “Our Refugee Employment Partnership with Community Corporate has been a big success in both New South Wales and Victoria with the majority of participants going on to secure roles in our stores. With the support of this Federal funding, we’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with Community Corporate to give more migrants and refugees the chance to build a great career with Woolworths.”
As part of the program, Woolworths recognised the achievements of some of the programme's graduates in a ceremony held at its National Support Office.