Jarrad Oakley Nicholls

Family Background: Yamatji Koori Noongar Kija man born in Perth. 

Career Highlights:

  • Playing 100 Games for East Perth Football Club in the WAFL
  • Getting drafted into the AFL in Nov 2005 (Richmond Tigers/West Coast Eagles)
  • Playing in the AFL's “Dreamtime at the G”  celebration match (Rich vs. Ess) in 2006
  • Coaching the Under 15’s West Australian Indigenous State team to win the 2014 Championship.

Job Role:  Employment Programs Manager

Location: Perth, WA

Describe a typical days work at the Foundation: 

Working with employers to identify employment opportunities and educating them with cultural awareness when employing our Indigenous candidates. On the flip side, working with participants to get them job ready through assessment centres and identifying barriers to employment, then supporting them to overcome those barriers.

Favourite part of being a mentor: Helping and supporting people to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

Personal inspiration: My mother, Joyce Oakley.

Quote to live by: “Whatever it takes”

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