On Tuesday 05 April 2016, Aboriginal students were invited to attend a session titled “Deadly Induction” involving a range of entertaining and engaging guest speakers who shared positive stories of workplace learning and the value of employment.
Kayleen Hayward provided the “Welcome to Country” and then two ex-students, Trevor Armstrong and Jasmyn Yavu-Kama, shared their own experiences of workplace learning with our current students who will soon embark on the same journey.
Both guest speakers are now in paid employment and were able to powerfully impart the importance and value of working. Students were also provided with the perspective of two employers who explained what to expect in the workplace and what specific qualities employers are seeking. The event continued with a discussion about types of work programs and available support agencies.
Vince Casey from SMYL discussed support offered to students both during their schooling as they work to achieve Aboriginal School Based Traineeships as well as post-college. Students also gained invaluable advice from Kayleen Hayward about some of the obstacles that they may face, such as getting to work experience promptly, and how potential problems can be effectively resolved.
The induction was a resounding success. The session was very well-attended and the audience members reported that they found all of the discussions and real-life scenarios that were covered to be interesting, motivational and informative.