Training program helps with Indigenous unemployment and life skills

Supervisors Left to Right: Denise Sampi, Nathan Story, Michael Hinds, Samuel Currie, Alec Ward, Nate Taylor, Aaron Dryden

Supervisors Left to Right: Denise Sampi, Nathan Story, Michael Hinds, Samuel Currie, Alec Ward, Nate Taylor, Aaron Dryden

Indigenous job seekers have a lot to offer and a new training program being run by East Kimberley Job Pathways (EKJP) is utilising these skills and helping job seekers to recognise their potential by offering full time employment at the end of a short course.

The new Activity Supervisor Development Program puts Indigenous job seekers through a rigorous three day training course to hone their natural skills and develop crucial work skills.

The program identifies the strengths and skills of participants and builds on them. Over the course of three days the participants are taught leadership qualities, teamwork, health and safety, policies and procedures, and other important workplace knowledge. Throughout the program trainees are encouraged to share experiences, and there is a strong community focus with one module being taught by a local Elder.

The training materials are in simple English and use graphics to make them accessible to levels of literacy and numeracy that can otherwise be barriers to employment.

High performing and successful trainees are being employed by EKJP after they’ve completed the course. Several Activity Supervisors are needed to oversee new projects being rolled out by EKJP under the Work for the Dole Program.

EKJP CEO John Vos said the recruitment of local Indigenous supervisors is important to the success of these projects because they understand their communities and their people, and can better engage with them.

He also emphasised the importance of supporting the new Activity Supervisors through their transition into full time employment, so that they can support others.

The program was developed by EKJP in partnership with Cullinan Employment Services, and it is funded through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) through the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP).

Most of the job seekers in the RJCP are participants in Work for the Dole Activities.

There are currently 11 Activity Supervisors employed in Kununurra and 10 in Halls Creek, with additional training and employment to be offered in other regions next week.