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Move More than Boxes With Grace & the Reading Opens Doors Library

You’ll hopefully know by now that here at Explore Careers, we like to focus on partnering with employers who are as committed as we are to making our communities the best they can be.

Whether that’s through acting to improve equality and inclusion, utilising sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, or making sure they provide accessible opportunities for all.

We all have a role to play in making the lives of those around us, and it doesn’t matter how big or small that role might be. It all counts.

For this reason, when we hear about a great initiative one of our employers supports, we just have to shout about it! And this week, we’re shining the bright spotlight on Grace.

Who are Grace?

Grace has been a trusted name in household moving, commercial project logistics and records management for over a century.

A legacy of the famous Grace Bros retail and home services empire, the business has expanded to become Australia’s leading service provider of integrated asset moving and information management services for home, corporate and commercial customers.

Grace is the most significant relocation logistics and information management operator within Australasia. The wholly owned Grace Group network of fully operational offices and specialist warehousing facilities extends across every Australian state, territory, and New Zealand.

Grace also recognises its responsibility to contribute to the greater economic and cultural empowerment of First Nations Australians to help ‘Close the Gap’.

According to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), “only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 96% for non-Indigenous students in major cities”,creating a big literacy gap.

Grace has been partnering with the ILF to empower and build the capability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia to develop and pursue their literacy journeys.

Reading – and Grace – Opens Doors to Understanding First Nations Perspectives

We can’t fully support First Nations Australians if we don’t first understand their experiences, perspectives, challenges and barriers within our communities. There are many ways to grow our education and understanding – and reading is one of them.

That’s where the ILF Reading Opens Doors Library comes in!

Grace has embraced this fantastic initiative in their offices in Sydney and Melbourne. The library encourages Grace staff to engage with Indigenous literature and children’s stories and create opportunities to start conversations in the workplace.

What is Reading Opens Doors Library?

The library is free of charge for all Grace staff to borrow a range of books for themselves or their family members to read and learn more about First Nations languages and culture.

The library consists of 17 books, including texts by award-winning authors like Bruce Pascoe, Anita Heiss and Tara June Winch and Kim Scott. The collection includes children’s picture books, young adult and adult titles.

Grace’s support allows the ILF to purchase and distribute thousands of books throughout these communities, many written and illustrated by Indigenous authors and artists.

Be a Part of Something Bigger

Grace strives to be an employer of choice and believes they would not be where they are today if they did not invest in the people responsible for delivering superior service experiences to their clients.

Ready to be a part of something bigger?

Grace is always looking for motivated, inclusive, and positive individuals to join their teams! Find out more about their early career programs and current opportunities via their dedicated employer profile here at Explore Careers.

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