Giving all Aussies a fair go
SHANICE Binge knows a traineeship with Ballina District Community Services Association is going to change her life.
That's why she was so excited on Tuesday, on her first day on the job.
"I got put on to this by (employment services provider) ON-Q and since then I've just been really keen," the 19-year-old from Ballina said.
"It's definitely what I want to do. This traineeship is going to get me where I need to go in the future."
And Shanice isn't the only one who's excited about the Regional Aboriginal Traineeship Project, of which BDCSA is lead partner.
BDCSA chief executive Dianna Howell said six of the 20 trainees signed up with the association this week with others taking placements at partner organisations between South Grafton and Pottsville.
"This has been a real vision of ours for a long time," Ms Howell said.
"It has generated so much excitement and now eight partner organisations are involved.
"Our BDCSA traineeships are offered for Aboriginal people to gain experience and a qualification in community services."
Ms Howell said the project's model had proven to be the best one in supporting Aboriginal workers because it was a "more collective" approach.
"It's such a good model and we find that we can really attract excellent staff using this traineeship model, ones with the right attitude to work using a strengths based approach with clients," Ms Howell said.
"We are also hoping to break down some of the perceived barriers in our service delivery."
Funding to assist with recruiting trainees is provided by the Indigenous Education and Employment Group of the Federal Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
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