Wesfarmers’ long-term commitment to Indigenous education
Wesfarmers has long been committed to improving the educational outcomes of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2001, we became the first corporate partner of the Clontarf Foundation, and in the 19 years that have followed, the Foundation has grown from a single academy for 25 students at the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford, Western Australia to an organisation that today, caters for more than 9,000 young men in 119 academies, across six states and territories. Wesfarmers is proud to have been with Clontarf every step of the way.
In the 2020 financial year, we expanded our commitment to Indigenous education, entering into a partnership with the Girls Academy. Our support has enabled school mentoring and leadership programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
During the year, more than 330 Clontarf students and alumni were employed at a Wesfarmers business in full-time, part-time or casual roles. Our partnership with the Girls Academy has provided similar opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and we are planning to increase the number of Girls Academy young women working in our businesses.