In 2013 Skilling Australia Foundation were awarded a Citi Foundation grant to launch the Citi New Recruits Program. In its inaugural year, the program will develop the skills of 120 disadvantaged young people and link them to jobs in the hospitality and service industries. The program begins with a four-week 'Job Ready Intensive Program' where participants will complete a Certificate I in a vocational participation course or in hospitality. Participants will then be placed into traineeships or apprenticeships in the hospitality or services industries.
Skilling Australia Foundation works with disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential with a focus on the workplace. Through partnerships, Skilling Australia seeks to assist young people in accessing training and employment in partnership with TAFEs, employers, and other engaged stakeholders.
Citi is a member of the ABCN, a group of businesses working with public schools to broaden opportunities for students and support innovation and enterprise. We support ABCN through a range of mentoring programs, including;
The Aspire program aims to encourage children to reach their highest potential irrespective of background. ASPIRE is a step towards increasing the number of tertiary applications from non-traditional quarters, attempting to break cycles of generational disadvantage. Students in Aspire are identified by their school as having the potential to access higher education but have barriers to participation.
While Aspire focuses on all students from low SES backgrounds, the Citi Foundation grant enables the employment of an Indigenous Australian to work directly with Indigenous students in Aspire Schools and with their families and communities.
Supporting the UNSW Aspire program is Aspire@Citi. It involves mentors guiding high-school students from low socio-economic school communities in NSW through a number of awareness raising activities that build confidence and aspirations. Aspire@Citi is held at Citi offices and supported by Citi employees.