26 September 2023

Justice on lookout for Aboriginal Trainees

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The Department of Justice is seeking a new round of applicants for its Aboriginal Traineeship Program which it says offers an exciting opportunity to be paid to learn public administration.

The Department said successful candidates would be taught skills such as customer service and data entry and would be able to qualify with a nationally recognised Certificate III in Government on completion of the 12-month program.

It said increasing diversity within the Department boosted the delivery of justice services to the wider community and brought new perspectives and passions to the Department’s workforce.

“Since 2019, 24 trainees have been provided a traineeship opportunity,” the Department said. “The current cohort consists of nine trainees, including two in regional WA.”

It said that Tayla, one of our current trainees, gained experience at the State Administrative Tribunal, serving at the front counter and assisting with file management and record keeping.

“An unemployed single mum when she applied, Tayla has encouraged other candidates to step forward,” it said.

Tayla said that no matter what stage of life someone was in, they could give it a go!

“You’ve got nothing to lose,” Tayla said.

“I originally wanted to be a social worker but couldn’t afford four years of study,” she said. “That’s when I found this job and realised I could make a difference within the Department of Justice”

Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Aboriginal Workforce with Corporate Services, Trent Davies, said there were many benefits for business areas to take for Aboriginal Trainees.

“Providing young Aboriginal people employment opportunities within our workforce is critical in ensuring culturally appropriate services are provided to the community we serve,” Mr Davies said.

“Justice is a fast paced and complex working environment, so having additional support can prove invaluable,” he said.

“Witnessing the personal growth of trainees over the course of a year is also incredibly fulfilling.”

The trainee, Tayla said the opportunity built her confidence and broadened her horizons.

“The Department of Justice has so many branches, so many supports,” she said. “If you’re interested in information technology, law and helping people then the sky’s the limit.”

“It means everything to me to give back to my community and this is one way I can.”

Further information about the Aboriginal Traineeship Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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