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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 0 5 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CAREERONE.COM.AU Website offers taste of new job Just jump in and get your hands dirty YOU are introduced online. The chat is brief and informal. A meeting? Perfect. No obligations. Expectations? Open to an ongoing relationship. Weve been finding life partners this way for years but a new Bundaberg-based recruitment website is adopting the try before you buy option, pairing jobseekers with their potential future careers for an hour or a day or more of work experience. The experiencemyday .com recruitment service, started by Steve and Crystal Canard, is expanding nationally, with high-profile employers, including Brisbane radio station 97.3fm trialling the program. What a great way to get a feel for a potential new industry, to just jump in and get your hands dirty, says 97.3 breakfast producer Ruth De Glas. Breakfast radio can seem very glamorous to the outsider, and while we have an absolute ball theres still a lot going on behind the scenes to bring it all to life, including some very early starts and lots of running around madly making things happen in the space of a three-minute song, she says. Brisbane mother-oftwo, Jennifer Pyne, 37, who is on extended maternity leave, decided to take her media sales account manager background and apply it to the fast-paced world of morning radio at 97.3. Ms Pyne is contemplating a future career change, and radio, along with real estate, teaching and starting up her own business, are all competing interests. Im probably six months away from going back to work, but Im putting the feelers out now to see what skills Ive got that are transferable, Ms Pyne says. From working in publishing, where a tight deadline might be two days, to radio where things can change in two minutes, was an eyeopener. Ruth and the team were very open. It was very much observing what was going on, but Ruth explained what she was doing and why. It was a mindboggling experience. For more information, visit website experiencemyday.com.au Neglected community needs encouragement Trained indigenous aspirants can help fill themany gaps in theworkforce, CARA JENKIN andDEBRABELA report CULTURAL divides are keeping workers out of jobs and employers short of staff. Indigenous people form one of the nations most under-utilised workforce groups, with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing the proportion of the population that is unemployed as more than three times the national average. Almost one in five indigenous Australians, or 18.1 per cent, is unemployed, compared with the national average of one in 20, or 5.1 per cent. This is up from 13.9 per cent indigenous unemployment in 2007. Low education attainment levels by indigenous people are blamed for the level as much as a lack of cultural understanding by employers. Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Professor, Dr Boyd Hunter, says more indigenous people need to stay in school or enter training programs to be more employable, and employers need to divert more resources to training. Mining has been hailed as an industry in which indigenous people can access opportunities, particularly those in remote areas. The mining sector is doing a lot better than it did, but only because it was doing so poorly in the late 90s, Dr Hunter says. But it will never be a major employer (of indigenous peo ple). Mining companies need highly skilled workers. Hunter says opportunities need to be sought in and offered by every sector but highlights the service sector in particular, as it is tipped to be a growth industry. We want to educate indigenous people, he says. There are a lot of firms that have committed to finding jobs for indigenous people. Queenslanders should be shocked by the poor job outlook of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizens, says Talent 2 director Geoff Morgan. The company has joined with the Aboriginal Employment Strategy to combat high national indigenous unemployment, with the main challenges being to get people online, get them mobile and make them visible. It is an absolute disgrace that in this country weve allowed this to happen, but at the same time the number of brilliant indigenous people worldwide is mind-boggling, he says. They dont run around putting themselves on the front page of the newspapers. Thats not the indigenous way. They are a very modest people and we tend to underestimate them because of that. Indigenous registration on the jobs board linkme.com.au stands at between 1200 and 1300 people. The Talent2/AES partnership aims to increase this to 5000 and eventually 50,000, as more people are identified and encouraged to register their availability to work online. If you or I are looking for a job, well register on half a dozen websites, Morgan says. If an indigenous person is looking for a job, youll be hard pressed to find them on any website. He says Queensland industries actively working to recruit an indigenous workforce include the resources sector, logistics companies, retail and the major banks. We are using positive discrimination to help indigenous people get entry-level jobs . . . and then to get them into more senior roles, he says. HOW EMPLOYERS CAN LEAD A Reconciliation Action Plan documents what an organisation is doing to further reconciliation. It may commit an organisation to achieving indigenous employment targets, providing on-the-job training and career development programs. Plans can include providing cultural awareness training, cultural events and protocols for Acknowledgement of Country. PUBLIC SERVICE There are 17.5 per cent of indigenous workers in public administration and safety. One in 15 indigenous workers are employed in the accommodation and food services industry. Fifteen per cent of indigenous workers are employed in health care, with 8.6 per cent employed in education and training. Where the skills gaps lay n 18.1%of indigenous people are unemployed 4.3%have a bachelor degree 15.5%have a vocational qualification Public administration, health care and education are the top three employing industries n 5.1%of all Australians are unemployed 18%have a bachelor degree 19%have a vocational qualification Retail, health care andmanufacturing are the top three employing industries