Lighting the way for Indigenous students

By Felicity Nelson|02 February 2015
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Two law firms have made a 10-year commitment to creating internship opportunities for Indigenous university students.

Gadens and Herbert Smith Freehills have both signed up to the CareerTrackers 10x10 Initiative, which aims to create 3,500 internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the private sector.

Gadens’ participation in the program was announced at the CareerTrackers 5th Annual Gala Dinner and Awards in January.

The gala was attended by 1,400 members of Australia’s business community and is the largest gathering of Indigenous university students in Australia.

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Gadens CEO Ian Dardis said the partnership with CareerTrackers was a key component of the firm’s commitment to reconciliation.

“We are proud to join with some of Australia’s largest companies to create career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” he said.

Partner at Gadens Campbell Hudson received the ‘knowledge tree’ at the gala on behalf of the firm. It represents the transfer of knowledge between corporate and Indigenous Australia.

“I’d like to congratulate CareerTrackers on a fantastic night. It is great to see Australia’s business community coming together to support the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” said Hudson

Gadens currently has nine CareerTrackers interns working across its Sydney and Brisbane offices.

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Other signatories to the CareerTrackers initiative include: Commonwealth Bank of Australia; GHD; Insurance Australia Group; Indigenous Business Australia; Lend Lease; Leighton Contractors; Qantas; SJB Architecture & Cox Architecture; and Westpac.

From left to right: Gadens partner Arthur Koumoukelis; The Ella Foundation CEO Glen Ella; Gadens partner Campbell Hudson; Gadens CareerTrackers intern Clark Donovan, holding the firm’s knowledge tree received at the event; Gadens Sydney CEO Ian Dardis.

 

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