On-Country Pathways is committed to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment rates in Australia. The Indigenous owned and operated not-for-profit provides work experience, traineeships, job placement support, cadetships and a driver-mentor program for First Nations people aged 15-24 years. Here at GH Commercial we are proud to donate to On-Country Pathways to support their career and employment programs.
We recently had the opportunity to speak to Jebb Hutchison the General Manager of On-Country Pathways and find out about the fantastic work his organisation does to support First Nation youth in gaining stable employment within the community.
Jebb Hutchison is a proud Wiradjuri man who started his own commercial construction company - TVN On-Country – in 2017, with fellow founders Jonathon Whelan and Gareth VanNoort.
“We took on several young First Nations trainees in the Albury Wodonga area and started to show them the ropes, exposing them to all aspects of the business. There are more than 70 roles in the construction industry, it’s not just trades, there are management and project co-ordination jobs as well. We enrolled them in a Cert III Business Administration course at the local TAFE and ensured our senior staff were on hand as mentors.” - Jebb Hutchison, General Manager of On-Country Pathways
Jebb explained how his original initiative through TVN On-Country to support and provide opportunity to First Nations youth within the construction industry grew to become a non-profit organisation that could more broadly support young Indigenous people.
“It soon became apparent that TVN On-Country was limited in the number of employment opportunities we could provide to local Indigenous youth and so the need for a separate entity – a not-for-profit, was identified and On-Country Pathways was born. We officially launched in June 2022.” - Jebb Hutchison, General Manager of On-Country Pathways