Ingkerreke Commercial takes a ‘Whole of Life’ approach to its business dealings, where the benefits from its activities accrue beyond the life of a particular individual, project or business. Our training philosophy aims to promote Aboriginal staff as positive role models and to help find solutions when family or cultural obligations conflict with the job. We identify career pathways for all positions and encourage staff to further their education in their area of employment. We engage and develop Aboriginal staff through what we call the Transitional Employment Pathway Program (TEPP). Mentoring, simplifying travel from remote areas for study, and minimising the impact of work and travel on trainee’s families are core to how the program operates. Developed with organisations such as Charles Darwin University, and at no extra cost to our clients, the features of TEPP are:

  • The program is not funded by government and is designed to help Aboriginal
    people with limited job experience succeed in mainstream employment;
  • TEPP participants are first employed as casuals and provided with support, such
    as to get a licence or white-card;
  • A co-ordinator explains to families what is expected of a person in permanent
    employment, and the sort of support they might require from their family;
  • Ingkerreke Commercial is flexible during this phase, and provides regular and
    formal feedback on their progress;
  • Graduates of TEPP may continue on to full-time employment and possibly an
  • Ingkerreke also uses a Flexible Employment Program (FEP) to hire Aboriginal
    staff on a temporary basis for specific projects;
  • Examples of this are those employed on Working on Country, a ranger trainee
    program, and the work carried out on the Alice Springs Town Camps areas as part
    of SIHIP;
  • Remote trainees come in to Alice Springs for training in blocks of a week every
    few months, rather a whole month, reducing strain on the family;
  • Training may lead to a job in town if remote trainee wants that. They do 16
    hours a week on their home community and the work can contribute to advanced
    standing in a trade course.