REFAP My Pathway celebrates capacity-building achievement
After a successful three-year joint venture with My Pathway to deliver the Community Development Program (CDP), REFAP is now looking to build on its successes as the sole provider of the CDP in the Karratha region.
The achievement is an exciting milestone for REFAP, which developed its capacity to deliver government services over the past few years with My Pathway’s assistance.
An Australian government initiative, the CDP involves working with job seekers, organisations, employers, community members and stakeholders to build stronger communities by increasing employment in remote areas.
REFAP and My Pathway formed a joint venture to provide the CDP (formerly called the Remote Jobs and Community Program) in the Karratha region on July 1, 2013. In 2015, the joint venture was successful in securing a one year extension on the contract.
Chris O’Brien, My Pathway Director, said the extension was an excellent vote of confidence from the Government, and an acknowledgment that the JV was working well.
REFAP CEO Triscilla Holborow said the joint venture with My Pathway was a complementary partnership that provided an exciting opportunity to expand REFAP’s capabilities.
“Throughout this journey we have grown in our ability to provide the services and opportunities that people in our regions need in order to succeed in employment,” she said.
“REFAP already had on-the-ground skills, local cultural knowledge, and strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn from My Pathway’s knowledge and experience.”
As of July 1, 2016, REFAP is the independent provider of the CDP in the Karratha region. My Pathway will continue to deliver the CDP across Australia, including in Central Australia, North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands.
Triscilla acknowledged My Pathway’s efforts in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help people obtain meaningful employment.
“The work My Pathway does is fantastic and we wish them all the best in the future,” Triscilla said.
“For REFAP it is business as usual. We look forward to building on the successes already achieved through the CDP, and continuing to support more people from remote locations into lasting employment.”