CareerTrackers Indigenous Internships
Westpac Group has a contract with CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship program to recruit at least 40 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university student interns each year for the 10 years from 2015. This is the largest commitment to the CareerTrackers program by an Australian corporate.
It forms part of Westpac Group's plans to create meaningful career opportunities for Indigenous Australians, as outlined in its 2014-17 Reconciliation Action Plan.
This agreement marked a significant milestone in Westpac's relationship with CareerTrackers.
Westpac was a foundation partner of CareerTrackers in 2011. Following Westpac's first intake of CareerTrackers interns in 2011, Westpac's philanthropic organisation, Westpac Foundation, recognised CareerTrackers' potential and capacity to make a significant social impact.
As a result, in 2012 Career Trackers successfully applied for a Catalyst Grant from Westpac Foundation providing the financial boost necessary to aid its early and steady growth into a maturing social enterprise.
CareerTrackers CEO, Michael Combs, was the inaugural winner of a Westpac Community Leader award in 2013 - recognised for the success of CareerTrackers and his commitment to measuring the social impact of his organisation.
Student interns have been in a variety of business units in retail and business banking, legal and secretariat, human resources and communication, project development and financial markets, in Perth, Darwin and Sydney.
The intention is for as many of these interns as possible to take on permanent roles upon graduation and to enjoy successful careers with Westpac Group.
CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation that creates cadetship opportunities with the private sector for talented Indigenous Australian university students. The organisation recruits Indigenous university students and place them with private sector employers to participate in multi-year cadetships.
By 2017, CareerTrackers expects to have 300 'alumni' - having both graduated from university and CareerTrackers.
CareerTrackers' aim is for students to convert from cadets to full-time employees upon completion of their university degree. CareerTrackers supports these students on an ongoing basis, with networking, training and mentoring opportunities.
- For students: If you're interested in joining the CareerTrackers program, go to www.careertrackers.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Westpac Group employees: If you have an opening for an intern, please contact email@example.com