Two other inspirational examples include our team members who provided 130 students from the Northern Territory and South Australia with TechPros training, so they can develop and improve their foundational digital literacy skills for future opportunities. And Deloitte colleagues across the country provided insights to 80 students who attended career insight programs run by our Deloitte offices.
Hannah Oxenham, a Deloitte analyst, recently reflected on what volunteering for The Smith Family’s Work Inspiration program meant to her. “The program brought Deloitte employees and Year 10 students together to encourage involvement in tertiary education. We provided examples of where a tertiary education could lead, and demystified both higher education and a corporate career. Students could truly see themselves in our shoes, and we also reflected on our own journeys. As a former recipient of The Smith Family’s assistance, I’m incredibly grateful that Deloitte gives me opportunities like this to give back.”
Deloitte is proud to make an impact in the community in many different ways – not just because it matters to our people, but because it’s the right thing to do. Rob Collie, Chair, The Deloitte Foundation and National Leader, Responsible Business, explains, “Charitable organisations were hit especially hard in FY20. Their revenues plummeted while the numbers of people seeking assistance from their services spiked. In FY21, we were able to make a total contribution to the community of A$20.9 million, working hard to continue to support our family of charities through those toughest of times. We did this through financial support, pro bono, volunteering and sometimes just lending an ear. The pandemic continues to hit hard. But, as we move to adjust with agility in our business and economic environment, we see a key role for ourselves as important enablers for our charities to undertake the digital transformations so necessary in the pandemic and post-pandemic world.”