WHY OCHRE 2018-03-02T06:25:26+00:00

Ochre’s Mission Statement

Ochre works tirelessly to bridge the Indigenous employment gap, by connecting employers and job-seekers with real and meaningful solutions. Ochre creates Indigenous employment opportunities by providing training and employment solutions to all members of the community. We exceed client expectations and create long-term positive relationships with our employers, suppliers and the Indigenous community.

Indigenous employment has long been an issue fraught with complexities, misunderstandings and negative attitudes. The Indigenous employment gap is something which successive federal and state governments have long sought to address; for which they are yet to find a meaningful, effective and long-term solution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between the ages of 15 and 64, are three times as likely to be unemployed as non-indigenous people. In fact, one in five Indigenous households are among Australia’s poorest; with much of our Indigenous population experiencing levels of poverty comparable to those in developing nations.

The federal government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is aimed at meeting the needs of Indigenous Australian’s and overcoming the issues which have resulted in the poverty, overincarceration and overrepresentation in disease and mortality rates.

Employment is a crucial factor in achieving these goals, and is one area in which Indigenous business is startlingly underrepresented. Joanne Pellew has dedicated her professional life to overcoming the issues facing the Indigenous employment sector, and has founded her organisations based on this need. Joanne is the first Indigenous woman to operate a private RTO in Western Australia, and is uniquely positioned, as a proud Noongar woman, to identify her community’s challenges and identify meaningful resolutions. She has built a nationwide network of job-seekers and corporate affiliations, and has since matched over 1,500 Indigenous workers with roles across a range of industries, including:

  • Mining and resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Administration
  • Transport, logistics and warehousing
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Gardening and landscaping

Ochre Workforce Solutions employs innovate and effective strategies to connect job-seekers with vacancies and addresses the key aspects of driving Indigenous employment, including:

  • Identifying skills gaps
  • Pre-employment training
  • Mentoring
  • Consultation
  • Labour hire solutions
  • Permanent placement solutions

Ochre Workforce Solutions, together with the iWork jobsite has empowered companies and Indigenous job-seekers alike to affect genuine change within the Indigenous employment sector. Ochre marries an inherent understanding of the Indigenous community, with insight and expertise in the employment sector, to bring about lasting solutions to the Indigenous employment gap. Ochre is tirelessly working to reshape the future for Indigenous employment within Australia.

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  • The most prominent Indigenous training and employment specialist in Australia

  • Self funded Ochre and employed over 1500 Indigenous people over 8 years

  • Only RTO owned & operated by an Indigenous woman in Australia

  • Active industry leader with over 8000 LinkedIn followers

  • Recognised by Smart Company as one of the Top 20 Business Thinkers in Australia for 2018

Aboriginal Australian business owner Joanne Pellew, from Perth WA-based Ochre Workforce Solutions and iWork Jobsite discusses the innovations behind her businesses growth in the Indigenous Employment sector and takes us on a passionate journey of how she is using technology to close the gap of disadvantage by overcoming obstacles and instead creating opportunities for both Aboriginal people and Corporate Australia.