Yerra, Canberra’s new Indigenous ICT Recruitment and Services Company

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Yerra, a young Canberra based family and majority Indigenous owned ICT recruitment company, is committed to addressing the national under representation of Indigenous Australians in the ICT industry.

The company, which formed last year, aims to achieve its vision and mission through providing Indigenous Australians ICT training, work placements and pathways to ongoing careers in the industry.

Yerra offers a wide range of services, from recruitment, consulting and contracting, through to hardware and software solutions and website design and development. The company has set its ambitions for its candidates high, with Yerra being an Indigenous Australian word meaning to fly or to soar.

Yerra is well on its way to taking flight, having encountered some solid successes in its first year of operations, including partnering with Rubik3, an Indigenous owned accounting firm, and an ICT company. Yerra hopes to continue this success by drawing on its seventeen years of combined experience in the ICT, recruitment and business.

Yerra’s Managing Director, Dion Devow, who identifies as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, said of Yerra’s positioning and commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous Australians in the ICT industry, “ICT is one of the largest and fastest growing industries globally, and perhaps the one in which Indigenous Australians are most under represented. Yerra, with its niche focus on Indigenous inclusion in ICT, hopes to provide our mob with the skills and gainful employment they need to become truly competitive and to avoid being relegated to traditional occupations in the future.”

Mr Devow went on to detail the disruption caused to traditional employment sectors and industries by ICT and the growing emphasis on education for Australian youth and young adults in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

STEAM skills are widely seen as key sectors of employment and economic growth in the coming decades. A global impending crisis is widely predicted, in which the rise of technology and automation will move at rapid pace through traditional industries and jobs, in a bottom up approach. This is anticipated to cause mass disruption and to render large numbers of employees either redundant or holding no longer marketable skills.

Strengthening his argument for the inclusion of Indigenous Australians in the ICT industry and for Yerra’s mission, Mr Devow said, “The writing is on the wall for the whole of Australia and the world. We have to act now to ensure, as many initiatives and organisations are attempting to ensure for Australia and particular segments of society, that we ride the crest of the wave, rather than fall beneath it.”

Mr Devow has been advocating for and attempting to address the under representation of Indigenous peoples in the ICT industry for several years. These efforts have recently found a new conduit, with his appointment in February of this year to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB).

Mr Devow has also recently demonstrated his commitment to charitable causes. Darkies Designs, Mr Devow’s clothing company, created sports jerseys for the inaugural participation in an Indigenous Australia AFL Round of Marist Australian Football Club (MAFC), the Australian Football Club of Marist College Canberra. One of the first jerseys produced was signed by one of the sport’s greats, Mick Malthouse, and auctioned off last week in support of breast cancer charities.

Darkies Designs' Jerseys

Another charity auction of the jerseys is scheduled for the coming month, details and information about the event can be found by following this link. The jerseys are publicly available and can be purchased by following this link.

Those looking to find out more about Yerra’s skilled ICT candidates, products and services, can learn more about the company by visiting its website.

Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian job seekers are encouraged to visit the company’s website and to call the company direct on +614 23 392 210.

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