Indigenous Apprenticeships Program – Open for Applications
300 entry-level places for Indigenous Australians will be available next year across a number of Federal Government agencies, as part of the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program.
The placements will include 12 months’ training in the public service, a certificate or diploma and a full-time job upon completion.
Participants have credited the Program with improving their career prospects beyond what they thought possible.
Adam Spittles, a Wiradjuri man from central NSW, explains:
“The day I got the call with the offer, I was filled with joy because it was something I never thought I would get,” he said after finishing his one-year public service apprenticeship in December last year.
Now, Spittles holds a Diploma of Government and has been inspired to pursue a career in social work.
“I want others considering enrolling to know that you can do anything, or become anyone if you apply yourself. Lack of education doesn’t have to hold your back.”
Last year, 238 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people got jobs through the IAP.
“It was challenging, working and studying at the same time” said Celina Naylor, another IAP participant. “I look back on it now as one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Applications to the Program can be made via the IAS website until May 7, 2019.
Video source: themandarin.com.au