CELEBRATING NAIDOC WEEK 2020 – 8th – 15th November 2020
This week marks NAIDOC week, a special time to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous education and employment is at the heart of what we do here at AFL SportsReady so each year we come together as an organisation and celebrate this significant week and embrace a culture that is important to us.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week is Always Was, Always Will Be, recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history that dates back thousands of generations.
Here’s how we are celebrating:
Tuesday 10 November
- Our very own Ralph White, a proud Kija/Bardi man, will be hosting a special online Lunchbox seminar with guest speaker Rod Jackson, Advisory Panel Member of the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation Institute at Deakin University and AFL SportsReady Board Member who will speaking about what the week means to him. The session will be recorded and will be available to view on our website.
Thursday 12 November
Friday 13 November
- Staff will be taking part in a NAIDOC week quiz
We will also be sharing NAIDOC themed content through the week and highlighting the achievements of our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees on our Facebook page.
NAIDOC week events will be held across the country and we strongly encourage everyone to get involved. You can see what’s on here.
Diversity and Inclusion has been a global theme throughout 2020 and through our Warumilang Program, AFL SportsReady aims to support and generate new and exciting opportunities for Indigenous people through quality education and employment.
We would like to make you aware of two programs we are extremely proud of which aim to create opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Separate to this, you can also click on the links below to learn more about how these programs can help your organisation ‘close the gap’ and make diversity a key focus in your business.
AFL SportsReady Cadetship program provides employment opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who are currently studying at university and hoping to gain experience in their field of study. The placement is for a minimum of 12 weeks over a 12-month rolling period ie. the cadet can start anytime during the university year.
This program provides a platform for industries to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and connect with Australia’s longest surviving culture and help develop the Indigenous leaders of the future.
What makes our program so unique is that we do all the advertising and recruitment and hope to send you a short list of students to select. Plus, we provide access to an Indigenous mentor for the student for 12 months and all this is at no cost to your business, just the cost of paying the cadet for 12 weeks work experience.
A Traineeship is completed in a workplace and gives young people hands-on experience, job skills, and a nationally recognised qualification in a variety of industries. They are usually full-time but can also be part-time or school-based.
AFL SportsReady prides itself on the support provided to both the trainee and host employer. All our Indigenous trainees have the following support network which encapsulates both the employment and education arms of the model, including;
- AN EXCLUSIVE INDIGENOUS MENTORprovides personal and career pathway support.
- A DEDICATED FIELD OFFICERto assist the work placement and ensure success.
- AN EDUCATOR / TEACHERprovides the education component of the traineeship
Webinar series – How did you get that dream job?
We are currently hosting a 10 part webinar series giving young people and parents a real insight into what a traineeship is like, featuring a panel of inspiring AFL SportsReady alumni speakers. This Thursday we will be hosting a webinar focused on landing a job in business with proud Aboriginal man Rory Smeaton who has made a successful career in business working at places like Crown Casino and now CBUS. To join our webinar sign up here.