University welcomes Indigenous Australian Employment Development Program staff

June 15 / 159

IAEDP participants and supervisors.Back left to front right: Mitchell Old (MDHS), Glenn Pellegrin (Science), Alex Korte (Science), Christine Eckhardt (MGSE), Colin Mcintosh (Academic Services),  Peter Coles (Science) Hilary Smith (MGSE), Brett Beckhurst (MGSE), Jacqui Olney (MDHS) Chanoa Cooper, Eleonore Costello (Science) Shelley Klepfisz (Legal and Risk) and Julie Dow (Legal and Risk).
IAEDP participants and supervisors.Back left to front right: Mitchell Old (MDHS), Glenn Pellegrin (Science), Alex Korte (Science), Christine Eckhardt (MGSE), Colin Mcintosh (Academic Services),  Peter Coles (Science) Hilary Smith (MGSE), Brett Beckhurst (MGSE), Jacqui Olney (MDHS) Chanoa Cooper, Eleonore Costello (Science) Shelley Klepfisz (Legal and Risk) and Julie Dow (Legal and Risk).

 

The University has welcomed six new staff in this year’s Indigenous Australian Employment Development Program (IAEDP)

 

They are Alex Korte, Julie Dow, Glenn Pellegrin, Brett Beckhurst, Mitchell Old and Chanoa Cooper.

 

The IAEDP is a pathway to employment initiative that provides entry-level positions to Indigenous Australians on a two-year traineeship program that includes completing a Cert IV qualification and participation in a structured mentoring and enrichment program.

 

The IAEDP is now operating successfully in its third year and has yielded positive results for trainees from previous cohorts.

 

“The program has given me a platform from which I can build my skills and progress my career in the higher education system, it has helped me to get where I am today,” alumnus Richard Williams (2014) said.

 

Alumna Karen Davis (2014) found the mentoring of particular value.

 

“The mentoring aspect of the program gave me the opportunity to voice my thoughts on a number of issues and helped process my new work environment. The overall result of the mentoring allowed me to either take action or take a step back,” she said.

 

The IAEDP is the only program of its kind within the higher education sector and is designed to respond to the current needs of the Indigenous Australian community, as well as fulfilling the University’s obligation under the Indigenous Employment Framework 2014-16.

 

Ian Anderson Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) said: “The IAEDP is exceptional in that it provides not only adequate support, but direct work experience, a qualification, and range of skills that solidifies a foundation for a career in the higher education sector.”

 

Murrup Barak would like to thank all departments and faculties who are hosting our trainees its year: Academic Services and Legal and Risk within University Services, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science. 

 

Murrup Barak welcomes expressions of interest across the University each year.

For further information please contact Daniel Little on 903 56617 or d.little@unimelb.edu.au

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