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Asuria celebrates employers making a difference: Join the awards night on February 29th


Finalists at the ‘Employer Awards’, hosted by Asuria and in association with Dynamic Business, will soon find out whether they’ve been crowned as leaders in the field of people recruitment and management at a special event set to take place in Sydney on Thursday 29th February.

The Employer Awards marks the start of a new annual tradition for Asuria, an Australian-owned government outsourced services provider, empowering people, communities, and nations to be effective and productive through employment support, training and education, justice, business start- up services, and health and wellbeing.

Representing exceptional best practices, commitment, and innovation in attracting, engaging, and retaining a diverse workforce, each of the finalists — drawn from a wide range of entries from across the country — has been shortlisted based on their commitment to building and retaining modern workforces.

Commenting on the Employer Awards, Asuria Australia CEO, Nicole Grainger-Marsh, says: “It’s an incredible honour to be able to bring together so many of Australia’s most innovative and progressive employers and entrepreneurs in one place, celebrating the crucial role our Employer Partners have played in transforming today’s recruitment landscape, and solidifying our shared goal of providing job seekers from a diverse range of backgrounds with the opportunity to enter secure and sustainable employment.

“At Asuria, we follow the beat of something we call Enterprising Heart, with each of this year’s deserving finalists each demonstrating a similar yet unique commitment to innovation, passion, and business excellence.”

Entrants were evaluated against a rigorous assessment framework and judged by a panel of experts, including:

• Suzanne Colbert AM, Founder of the Australian Network on Disability.

• Jo Ingold, Professor of Business (Human Resource Management), Peter Faber Business School at the Australian Catholic University.

• Ross Clennett, recruitment coach and recruitment industry commentator.

Acknowledging and rewarding innovation, bravery, diversity, community, and entrepreneurship, finalists across each of the awards, including some of Australia’s best-known companies right through to innovative start-ups, include:

Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award

Honouring employers that demonstrate impact in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

1. Cripps

Back in 1878, a man by the name of William Cripps opened Tasmania’s first commercial bakery. Today, that little bakery has grown to employ over 200 people – all proudly continuing the Cripps tradition of baking by Tasmanians, for Tasmanians. Bread and wraps, rolls and crumpets – you crave it, Cripps bake it!

2. Woolworths Proactive Services

Proactive Services is a strategic transformation initiative that aims to create a dedicated in-house cleaning and trolley collection team that delivers consistent and quality service to our stores and customers.

3. Havilah Hostel

Havilah provides quality residential aged care and independent living. The philosophy of care at Havilah is to ensure all residents’ wishes are respected. They provide care within an atmosphere of support, where each individual’s emotional, spiritual, psychosocial and health needs are met. Havilah is committed to quality management and continuous quality improvement.

First Nations Excellence Award

Recognising the outstanding contributions of an employer to make a difference to the lives of our First Nations participants.

1. TRECCA a Ventia Initiative

TRECCA is the dedicated Indigenous Employment team at Ventia. Created in 2016, its goal is to achieve significant and sustainable growth in the number of Indigenous men and women employed by Ventia, its related entities and subcontractors.

2. Commonwealth Bank

CommBank is Australia’s leading provider of financial services including retail, premium, business, and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and sharebroking products and services.

3. Coles Group

Coles is one of Australia’s leading retailers, with an extensive footprint of over 1,800 retail outlets nationally. They employ more than 120,000 team members, engage with more than 8,000 suppliers, and welcome millions of customers through their store network and digital platforms every week.

Local Champion Award

Acknowledging local, small, and medium sized employer partners that provide employment opportunities for participants at a regional level.

1. Castings Tasmania

Founded in 1834, Castings Tasmania is the oldest foundry in the Southern Hemisphere. With an efficient and effective end to end process, they ensure a customer’s design and drafting needs can be economically cast and finished.

2. Steel Frame Solutions

Steel Frame Solutions is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of pre-fabricated TRUECORE® steel wall frames and roof trusses for the commercial and residential building industry. They manufacture, supply, and can install, everything you need to build safe, cost effective and compliant steel structures.

3. M & L McClean Cleaning Services

M&L McLean Cleaning Service has been cleaning the Ballarat and Greater Western Region for over 40 years. As a family-run and owned business, the McLeans have built a highly sought-after, reputable business, based on integrity and quality of service.

Small Business Start-Up Award

Recognising the Australian Government’s Workforce Australia – Self-Employment Assistance program participants who have displayed excellence in their entrepreneurial journey.

1. Mowing Motivation

Mowing Motivation offers lawn mowing, garden maintenance and employment to vulnerable women who are not comfortable around males. From their early days with just a mower and whipper snipper, the business has grown, invested in new equipment and is active within the local community.

2. Keto Kapers

Emma Martin empowers individuals to transform their lives by offering expert guidance to achieving a healthier lifestyle through engaging live and online cooking classes, immersive retreats, and impactful conferences. Emma inspires and educates on effective strategies to help pivot and shed excess weight and embrace a vibrant, well-balanced existence.

3. Podcast City

Podcast City offers a full spectrum of services, including podcast production, voiceovers, audiobooks, videos, and live streaming, alongside an Internet Radio station. With a centrally located professional studio in Adelaide’s CBD and a unique mobile studio service, they deliver professional facilities for recording and live events, guiding clients in podcast planning and production.

Innovative Recruitment Solution Award

Honouring partners that drive a sense of innovation, excitement, and passion through a program, campaign, or pilot that diverges from the norm.

1. Babana Aboriginal and Tribal Warrior: Maritime Operations Program

The Maritime Operations Program has been carefully co-designed and delivered in partnership with Tribal Warrior and Babana since 2019. The program provides First Nations people with culturally appropriate support, training, qualifications, and hands-on experience operating vessels in Sydney Harbour. It prepares participants to gain a rewarding career in the maritime industry.

2. Accommodation Australia

Accommodation Australia (NSW) is the peak industry body representing the interests and needs of accommodation providers throughout metro and regional New South Wales. Our members range from small regional motels and bed & breakfasts’ to serviced apartments, individually owned and operated hotels and hotels operated by international groups.

3. Catalyst Education

Catalyst Education supports the changing nature of the Care sector and embraces new opportunities to transform and prepare participants for a thriving future. They are committed to providing a flexible delivery model that supports learners to achieve the best possible outcomes through entering the workforce, embarking on a new career, or upskilling.

Enterprising at Heart Award

Acknowledging employer partners whose values directly align with the values of Asuria. Dedicated to our partners who are innovative and create possibilities, growth focused, authentic and brave, inspiring and leading, and making a difference.

1. NRMA Marine

NRMA Marine is a division of NRMA. Their commitment to building an inclusive and diverse culture is at the heart of everything they do. They believe that every individual, regardless of their background, should feel a strong sense of belonging within their organisation and offer comprehensive support.

2. Programmed Skilled Workforce

Programmed Skilled Workforce works with organisations to provide operations, maintenance, staffing and training services. They place individuals in temporary or permanent work across a wide range of major industries.

3. Workforce Road Services

Workforce Road Services is part of the Workforce International Group and provides specialist traffic management services. This includes planning, supervision and execution of safe traffic control procedures for road works, line marking, lane closures and road diversions.

Michael Betteridge, General Manager Tourism Development at NRMA Marine, says: “It’s a real privilege to be among so many deserving finalists at the Asuria Employer Awards, and we’re looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm for people at what is sure to become a key event in the business and employment calendar for many years to come.”

Asuria would like to congratulate all the finalists on securing their place at the awards and would like to wish everyone the best of luck as we celebrate the incredible contributions that Asuria’s Employers,

Partners, Industry Associations, their members, and our budding entrepreneurs have made, and the lives we have changed together.

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