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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 400. Updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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The Department of Human Services has launched a campaign to attract Indigenous recruits to its Indigenous Apprenticeship Program.

The Minister for Human Services, Senator Marise Payne said the 12-month program will give up to 100 apprentices a launching pad to a public sector career.

She said the program included one-on-one Indigenous mentors who would provide advice and support.

It also included diverse training and development opportunities, she said.

"The Department of Human Services offers flexible and culturally considerate work practices such as flex time, the option of part-time work and NAIDOC leave," the Minister said.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the program was helping to close the gap for Indigenous people in employment.

Apprenticeship program launched

"It's essential that staffing within the Public Service reflects the diversity of the communities they serve.

"It's about ensuring that Government services and programs are responsive and respectful of the diverse Indigenous cultures throughout Australia."

Simone Williamson successfully completed the Indigenous Apprentices Program in February last year and now works as a Customer Service Officer in Cairns.

"I'd been at home caring for my new baby for a couple of years and was very excited when the apprenticeship became available as I thought that this might be a great opportunity for me," Ms Williamson said.

"This program has given me an opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment.

"I'd recommend the program to all Indigenous people.

"You will have a lot of support from the initial interview process right through to on-the-job training, even after the apprenticeship is completed."

Applications close in late March.

For further information visit this PS News link or apsjobs.gov.au

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