The African-Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) is a dynamic and highly professional program for qualified African-Australians providing 6 months paid working experience at National Australia Bank (NAB). The program is a joint initiative of Jesuit Social Services and NAB.
The need for the program was identified by the African-Australian community who noted that lack of local experience in the Australian business sector was a significant barrier to employment for qualified African-Australians. The joint response of the collaborating organisations has been well documented and praised by many areas of the broader community.
"This program is a rare opportunity for me – a dream come true. To find a job here was so difficult. It does not matter where you come from, you should have the same opportunities as everyone else." Eme Wubie
"My first impression of NAB was a business that understands the value of community involvement. I am enjoying the opportunity to work at NAB and am learning from many different people." Rachel Riak
AAIP provides a strong example of social and business sector collaboration for stronger collective impact. The program delivers genuine shared value benefitting NAB, the participants and the broader community. The program has provided roles in areas including Finance, Business Administration, Business Analysis, Corporate Responsibility, Project Management, Marketing, IT, Customer Contact Centre. AAIP has achieved the following outcomes:
The AAIP has been recognised with 5 external awards:
1. Diversity@Work 2010 2. Melbourne Awards – City of Melbourne 2011 3. Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Award 2012 4. Victorian African Community Award 2013 5. Victorian African Community Award 2014
"The program is priceless. It is THAT first step into my career field. One of the best things that NAB has done for me, giving me this opportunity, has given something into my life forever." Robert Falla
How to apply:
If you wish to apply for the AAIP you need to take the following steps:
At the information session you will have an opportunity to learn vital information about how the program operates and the roles on offer for a particular round. There is a NAB staff person present from each area offering a role, and you will have an opportunity to speak with them.
3.Ensure you meet the selection criteria. These are basic requirements and there are no exceptions made for special circumstances. 4. Submit your application. The day after the information session Jesuit Social Services sends an application pack to the database for each state, containing the Role Purpose Statements (position descriptions) and application details. An application link is sent in this email, and the application period is usually two weeks.
What happens after you submit your application:
5. NAB staff undertake short listing soon after applications close, and you will be notified if you are successful in securing an interview. All offers of a place in the program are made subject to a successful probity check. Probity checks are undertaken by a third party and past work experience, qualifications, criminal records are undertaken before all staff commence at NAB. 6. Once the interview process is completed all unsuccessful applicants are notified.
Please note: The AAIP is highly competitive and the quality of applicants is very high. Meeting basic selection criteria is no guarantee that you will be successful in your application.
"There was a point in time I believed it was the end of my professional life and dream. NAB has rescued my dream and revived my professional life. This means a lot to me and my family." Mesfin Kidany
Contacting Jesuit Social Services
Whilst we would love to accept your calls, we are not able to do so unless circumstances are exceptional. We have a very small staff and ask that you:
a. Watch the videos below and read all available information thoroughly. Most information is available via these sources: About the program
b. If your questions are not answered please email
and we will endeavour to respond within 24 hours, on working days.
c. Do not call us to find out whether you have been successful in securing an interview. We will notify you if you have been successful.
d. Unsuccessful applicants are only notified once the entire process is completed, whichmay take up to 8 weeks.
Please note: We receive a large number of enquiries about the program and are short staffed. If you have a query please email
and we will endeavour to respond on working days within 24 hours.