Vicinity’s volunteering program provides the opportunity for our people to offer valuable assistance to those in need.
We actively encourage our people to participate in skilled volunteering, a key initiative of our partnership with Beacon Foundation, and which connects employees with local high school students, often from schools located within disadvantaged areas, to provide students with industry insights and the opportunity to learn about different career possibilities.
In FY18, employee participation rates in our volunteering program increased by 19% from the previous year. Approximately 90 Vicinity employees participated in skilled volunteering during FY18, representing 7% of our workforce and resulting in more than 500 students from schools supported by the Beacon Foundation receiving mentoring and upskilling support via our program.
The volunteering program is also linked to Vicinity’s learning and development framework, giving our people the opportunity to build mentoring and leadership skills to succeed in the workplace, while helping to tackle youth unemployment and disengagement in local communities.