17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Rydges World Square, Sydney
19th-21st June 2024

Stepping Up

Martin Petersons

Executive Industry and Justice Services Manager
Global Skills

Martin has worked in Australian government funded employment services for 29 years across regional/metro NSW, ACT and Queensland with profit and not for profit organisations, and has spent the last 9 years at Global Skills as the Executive Industry and Justice Services Manager, which includes overseeing their TWES and Specialist Justice Service Contracts.
During this time Martin has seen economic and societal growth across many regions bringing significant financial and social benefits for the community. Unfortunately many areas missed these benefits leading to marginalisation and disadvantage including for people with experience of the Justice System.

This incongruence has driven Martin’s passion for ensuring all people are afforded equal opportunity and access to services, either through employment, access to services, education or attaining secure and liveable housing. Martin’s history in the sector, has afforded him the opportunity to foster a range of stakeholder connections, working with a range of small to large employers as well as industry bodies, statutory authorities and Government.

Over the past 7 years Martin has been actively engaged in working alongside customers who have been connected to Corrective Services both pre and post release. This engagement has led to the development of strong relationships with Correctional Centres, Community Corrections and Corrective Services’ Employment Programs – Works Readiness and Pathways to Employment. It was through this relationship and pro-active employers within the construction industry that lead to the successful collaboration in securing employment for female inmates still in custody.

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