THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
20 May 2011
The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon has announced a new Defence program designed to create employment and skill opportunities for Indigenous Australians has been launched in Darwin.
The Joint Logistics Command (JLC) Indigenous Trainee Pilot Program was launched at RAAF Base Darwin yesterday by Commander Joint Logistics Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Margaret Staib.
“This is a positive development for the Top End and is a good example of how Defence works with local organisations to deliver a service that benefits the community,” said Mr Snowdon.
"The traineeship will consist of an ‘on the job’ training at Joint Logistics Unit (North) (JLU(N)) with collaborative assistance provided from Defence contractors BAE Systems Australia and Serco Sodexo Defence Services."
Charles Darwin University (CDU) will also assist the trainees, providing all course reference material, log books, and assessment of competency against all Units of the Traineeship. CDU will attend JLU(N) each quarter to assess the trainees.
Two Darwin based trainees will undertake a Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Warehousing and Storage) as part of the program.
The trainees were chosen based on an Australian Public Service (APS) merit selection and recruitment process. The assessment consisted of a written application addressing the selection criteria and an interview as well as a review of referee reports.
Following the launch, Air Vice-Marshall Margaret Staib said JLC is determined to take advantage of the full scope of skills in the communities in which the program is based.
“These traineeships will ensure that the APS workforce remains diverse, innovative and comprised of the best talent available” said AVM Staib.
The Australian Apprenticeships Centre Northern Territory (AACNT) will manage the traineeships. AACNT’s responsibility is to enrol the trainees, and offer continued support to both the employer and the trainees.
The trainees’ supervisors, mentors and representatives from JLU(N) will meet each fortnight to discuss the progress of the traineeships and possibilities for joint training.
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