Explore Indigenous Traineeships with Leaders of Evolution
Inclusivity. It’s a word that encompasses the feeling of belonging. Engagement, diversity, inclusion, and belonging all coincide with one another. The desire to be included and feel like we belong is something every human being experiences. We all want to feel welcome and safe in familiar or unfamiliar places by strangers or friends. Not to get to meta on you, dear reader, but this stems from our ultimate overarching desire to be loved.
The year 2020 has certainly challenged the values of inclusivity and belonging. The simple fact of the origin of COVID-19 has fueled hateful rhetoric towards certain cultures and races. This unnecessary resentment has caused isolation to an entire group of people. It shouldn’t be that hard to be kind, inclusive, and welcoming to different types of people. Inclusion is more straightforward in social situations because it goes hand in hand with respect, but becomes more of a challenge in the workplace. Inclusion in the workplace is of the utmost importance, though, because it’s one of the main ways to foster employee engagement. Allow me to hit you with some statistics.
Inclusivity and Diversity In the Workplace Statistics
Employees’ opinions are often overlooked but matter a great deal. A Quantum Workplace study called “Diversion and Inclusion in the Workplace: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Make It a Priority” found that 61% of employees believe diversity and inclusion strategies are beneficial and essential. Most companies have a need for diversity, and 75% of employees think more diversity is needed for underrepresented groups to feel seen.
Diversity doesn’t just translate to race. In fact, diversity can cover a wide range of categories from age, ways of thinking, gender, educational background, body shape/size, socioeconomic status, to sexual orientation and more. As time moves on, more opportunities for marginalised groups has become something most job seekers look for in companies. 67% of job seekers consider workplace diversity an important factor when considering employment opportunities.
Creating Opportunities for Diversity
One of the groups working to create more diversity in the workplace is the Australian Government. They have created a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS). The government presents opportunities across the Australian Public Service Commission for indigenous careers. They offer many indigenous traineeships and apprenticeships that provide necessary skills, knowledge and a pathway to a future career. Upon completing said program or apprenticeship, the trainee will receive a nationally recognised Certificate-level qualification, a permanent position, and a pay rise.
How the Indigenous Traineeships Work:
The indigenous traineeships, specifically, the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) plays a pivotal role in increasing Indigenous employment opportunities across the Australian Public Service. Similarly, the Evergreen Program, run by the Australian Tax Office, is another great option. The third program is the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) which is facilitated by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. Each program offers different departments and agencies to work in such as:
- policy and program development
- service delivery
- human resources
- information technology
Since 2015, these indigenous traineeships have employed over 1,200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diverse backgrounds, those leaving school, finishing school, or searching for a new career. It’s important for individuals entering the workforce to have a transferable skillset, so as to thrive in any type of job.
Transferable Skills Prepare Individuals for Indigenous Traineeships
Leaders of Evolution is an e-learning hub that teaches students how to be autonomous workers, leaders, and self-aware in the workplace. It can be broken down into five easy steps:
- Choose your Course
- Plan and Prepare
- Reward and Recognise
We enhance the leadership capacity and life skills of year 9 and 10 students, all while saving teachers time in the classroom. Those apart of the indigenous traineeships will take on leadership roles in the workplace, therefore, they need to be independent and confident in their abilities. Leaders of Evolution can build characteristics of Competence, Confidence, Character, and Connectedness through the 4 C’s Learning Framework.
All Leaders of Evolution courses align with the Australian Curriculum, specifically the Personal & Social Capability, as well as, the Self-management, Self-awareness, Social Management and Social Awareness elements. These are all elements required of the members in successful indigenous traineeships.
Leaders of Evolution wants to assist in making these indigenous traineeships successful. Let’s work together to ensure our young leaders are equipped with effective leadership and life skills to carry them into the future.
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