As a full time mum with little work experience behind her, Danielle Naylor doubted she’d ever have the career she longed for.
Her sister, Celina, was a secretary in a small town with dreams of something better.
So when Celina read a story about the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP) being offered by the Department of Human Services, she knew it was the opportunity they’d been looking for.
The 12 month IAP has been running for five years and offers Indigenous peoples of all ages and experience an entry level position with a Government department. Once graduated, apprentices receive a full-time position, competitive salary and a nationally recognised certificate or diploma.
“When I read about the program online, I knew I had to tell Danielle about it,” Celina said.
“’I’d already read some inspiring stories about people who now had great jobs after completing the program, I knew it was something I wanted to do.
“It was challenging working and studying at the same time, but I look back on it now as one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
The sisters graduated and now have full time positions with the department. They both have quite different roles with Celina focused on supporting carers while Danielle is in the front-line helping customers in a Service Centre.
Danielle said while she was nervous to start with, she was determined to graduate.
“The program really helped me gained the confidence I’d lost because I hadn’t worked in many years,” she said.
“I’m excited about the opportunities I now have to continue my career and am now aiming to become a team leader.”
The department is a leader, both in government and private sectors, in recruiting Indigenous peoples, reaching its 5 per cent Indigenous workforce target in December 2017.
Applications for the 2020 IAP open today and close on May 7 2019. Read more about the program here.