Remote indigenous employment

Ms Kate Wright, Remote Services Coordinator at Darwin Skills Development Scheme will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference.

Building on Strengths:based approach to remote indigenous employment.

Those of us who have worked in remote employment services know that the argument that ‘there’s no jobs in remote communities’ isn’t entirely true. Employers constantly tell us that they’re desperate for good staff, both at the entry level and in skilled and senior positions. Just a quick look at the labour force in remote communities shows that there are often dozens of jobs staffed by a high turnover of non-indigenous, non-local staff that could be filled with locals. Not to mention the high demand for workers from regional mines and mining services companies.  However, studies show that Aboriginal employment participation is low even in remote places where there are employment opportunities.

Why is it so hard to fill these existing jobs, let alone create new enterprises to employ the whole community?

In this presentation, we advocate for strength-based approaches to building local skills and capacity that not only meets the needs of employers but also builds on the unique strengths and assets in remote indigenous communities.  Rather than trying to fit ‘square pegs into round holes’, we look at case studies where culturally appropriate strength-based approaches have led to sustainable outcomes and a better match of jobseekers to roles that utilise their strengths and competencies.

In addition, we demonstrate that effective mentoring programs can assist in achieving sustainable employment outcomes by continuing the strength-based approach into the employment phase.

We argue that better understanding of jobseekers’ strengths in a cultural context, with a focus on identifying skills and capabilities that can be transferable cross-culturally, will reduce staff turnover,   decrease ‘training for training sake’ and empower indigenous communities to build on their unique cultural, human and natural assets.”

About the presenter

Kate has diverse experience in Employment Services including working with Remote Indigenous Communities in NT, WA and QLD.

She has hands-on experience as an Employment Services Manager in East Arnhemland, managing CDEP and Job Services Australia programs, so she is well versed in the challenges and opportunities in remote employment services. She is adept at liaising with community stakeholders and has strong experience training and mentoring indigenous staff.

Her areas of expertise include:
• Streamlining Regulatory Compliance procedures
• Service delivery assessment and business modelling
• Operational procedures and training
• Activity development and management, and social enterprise development” Indigenous employment

The Long Term Unemployment Conference

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 4 streams on long term unemployment issues, please click on the link for the Preliminary Program Released. For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.

Reminder! Please note the Early Bird ends on the 7th July 2014. Register www.longtermunemployment.org.au

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