Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
To maximise the chances of successfully creating a diverse workforce that is more reflective of the community it serves, it is important to give special consideration to ensuring culturally appropriate and adequate support is provided. This could include language and literacy training, resume assistance, mentoring and career coaching. The following are examples of strategic initiatives designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns and trainees that could potentially be tapped into or tailored to grow a sustainable local workforce.
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program
This initiative aims to match Indigenous university students with a company that is aligned to their career interests and to provide them with intensive support to help them convert from an intern into a full-time employee on completion of their university degree. Support includes specialised training in interview and leadership skills, confidence-building exercises and mentoring. Employer support is also provided for the duration of the internship.
Woorabinda Multipurpose Health Service Initiative
This program highlights how a collaborative approach with key community stakeholders, is helping to build an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce in a remote area.