On-Country Pathways has its first Business Partner.

Photo Caption: TVN-On Country Business Administration trainees Emily P and Emily R with Darren Moffitt and Jebb Hutchison from the On-Country Pathways program.

Photo Credit: Wayne Quilliam

Indigenous owned commercial construction and procurement company TVN On-Country is the first business to partner with On-Country Pathways, offering work experience, traineeships, work placement and cadetships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Riverina region.

TVN On-Country is based in Wodonga and is a specialist in rural and regional construction projects. Its biggest client is the Australian Defence Force, and it employs several former serving Defence personnel. Unusually for a construction company, a third of TVN On-Country’s workforce is female and almost a quarter of the team identify as Indigenous.

Jonathon Whelan, TVN On-Country Director, is excited at the prospect of increasing Indigenous participation within their business. He said:

“This is an exciting partnership that we hope will provide more young Indigenous people with career aspirations and pathways for them to develop rewarding careers.

We operate a commercial construction business that involves so much more than just trade apprenticeships; there is payroll, accounts payable and receivable, business development, marketing, human resources, contracts administration, project management, the list goes on.

Working with the On-Country Pathways program we see that we can offer various work placements in our offices and on-sites, and this might be in the form of work experience, trade apprenticeships, business administration traineeships, or even cadetships.  I hope that in the very near future we are supporting our first cadet through a university degree through Pathways.”

On-Country Pathways Program Manager, Darren Moffitt, said: “We are thrilled to have our first commercial construction partner on board. The fact TVN On-Country is an Indigenous owned and operated company makes it all the more special. They are already supporting several young Indigenous people through their Certificate III in Business Administration and so we know this will be a successful and rewarding relationship.”

He added: “We’d love to hear from more local businesses in the construction and related trades industries and encourage people to give us a call to find out more.”

TVN On-Country is the Kinaway Regional Business of the Year and is registered with Supply Nation. More information can be found at: https://tvnon-country.com.au/