Earlier this year, FCTG added an Australian IT provider called Baidam to our supply chain. What appealed to us was their commitment to using profits to create employment opportunities and funding for cyber security certification training for young Indigenous Australians.
To celebrate the official commencement of this partnership, we had the pleasure of hosting a morning tea at our Global HQ in South Brisbane, complete with a red ochre signing ceremony. Like many large organisations, IT is a highly skilled and evolving area of our business so we’re thrilled at the opportunity to help foster the growth of some talented young professionals in a field that will future-proof their careers. To date, Baidam has helped 6 young Indigenous people finish their training; all of them now have university degrees and work in the I.T sector.
Four of those are women can now follow in the footsteps of our own inspirational and fearless I.T Leader, Daniella Pittis (Group Chief Information Security Officer), who was instrumental in securing this partnership. Pictured here with the Baidem team and Graham Joffe, Enterprise Security Services Leader for FCTG.
We celebrate our diversity and the many cultures that make up our FCTG family globally. In Australia, specifically, we acknowledge the experiences of the Traditional Owners of Australian Lands and celebrate our rich traditions as we embrace The Reconciliation Action Plan.
This partnership reaffirms in a very tangible way our commitment to Reconciliation and Acknowledgment of Country. We also recently launched our inaugural indigenous Creative Art Competition to showcase artwork and stories told by young Indigenous artists.
The winning artist stories will feature in FCTG’s Reconciliation Action Plan and we will also showcase winning artist stories in our head offices and shops throughout Australia. For the talented winning artists, they’ll be able to spend a day with our very own Creative Studio at our Global HQ, including flights and accommodation for prize winners and their parents/guardians. We will also offer financial assistance to the value of $500.
If your organisation would like to know more about employing qualified Indigenous ICT personnel, please visit https://baidam.com.au/.