Queenslanders identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will soon have the opportunity to work and learn with leading health and community organisation, UnitingCare Queensland after it was announced it would be offering 10 school-based traineeships and 10 adult traineeships in 2018.
The announcement follows the launch of UnitingCare Queensland’s third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlines the organisation’s commitment to reconciliation, including the increase of employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and Partnerships Gavin Mackey said offering the traineeships was an exciting step forward in UnitingCare Queensland’s reconciliation journey.
"The traineeships signify the next step in our vision for reconciliation and demonstrate our commitment to further improve opportunities and work environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
"Successful trainees will attain a relevant qualification, equipping them with the knowledge and hands-on practical skills that will set them up for future employment opportunities.
"We have opportunities right across Queensland, from Thursday Island down to the New South Wales border and as far west as Mt Isa and Charleville.
"The education provided as part of the traineeships is key in setting up our trainees, as future leaders to continue to work towards closing the disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australia," said Mr Mackey.
As part of the program, each applicant will also be assigned a workplace cultural mentor who will guide and provide support to the trainee and ensure the workplace is providing a culturally safe environment.
Expressions of interests are sought from people who are interested in gaining Certificate III level qualifications in the Business Administration, Community Services, Customer Service, Health Services, Food Services and Individual Support (Aged Care, Disabilities and Home and Community Care).
Applications for school-based and adult traineeships close on 23 February, 2018. For further information on how to apply, email Kim Ezzy on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Johnstone 0412 674 013
About UnitingCare Queensland
UnitingCare Queensland provides health and community services to thousands of people every day of the year through its service groups, UnitingCare Child and Family Services, UnitingCare Hospitals, Blue Care and ARRCS (Australian Regional and Remote Community Services).
As the health and community service provider of the Uniting Church we have supported Queensland communities for over 60 years. Our 17,400 employees and 9,200 volunteers care for and support people from all walks of life, including older people, people with disability, children, families and Indigenous people.
For more information about UnitingCare Queensland please visit: www.unitingcareqld.com.au