Coates’ national partnership with the Clontarf Foundation will support 141 Clontarf Academies located in many communities across the country.

Clontarf Foundation

Coates has invested in a three-year national partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, which has been matched by Federal and State governments.

The Clontarf Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation that exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society. 

Coates national partnership with the Clontarf Foundation will support 141 Clontarf Academies located in many communities across the country where both Clontarf and Coates co-exist. The total investment will cover the associated costs for 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men to participate in the Clontarf program for the next three years.

The primary objectives of the partnership will be to:

  • Develop clear employment pathways within the Coates business for Clontarf graduates to transition into post-school. 
  • Work closely with Clontarf Employment Officers to support potential Clontarf graduates in the Coates workplace and to ensure their transition is successful and sustainable.
  • Improve the Clontarf students employability skills by assisting them in a range of employment based activities such as resume writing, interview skills, hosting them on visits to Coates worksites, addressing them on potential employment pathways and participating in regional Clontarf Foundation Employment Forums. 
  • Link with local Clontarf Academies in relevant metro and regional locations across Australia so Coates employees can engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a range of informal, unstructured and fun social activities aimed to build strong and long term relationships with the boys and their culture, as part of our RAP commitment.
  • Support Coates as a nationally recognised market leader in engaging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their education and gain secure employment.
  • Utilise Clontarf as a key platform for Coates employees to positively interact with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and communities so they have a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the challenges they face.

Clontarf Foundation employment forums

  • Coates representatives are proud to attend Clontarf Foundation Employment Forums around Australian Academies. The objective is to engage with Year 11 and 12 students as well as Clontarf alumni from numerous Clontarf. We attend to raise awareness about employment opportunities and to help educate the young men on market insights to help them when entering the workforce.
  • Clontarf Employment forums are run in a speed dating style, where the boys move around the tables to visit with Partners, ask questions and practise their employability skills.