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Pride and celebration during NAIDOC 2013

Telstra News

Posted on July 26, 2013

4 min read

I have some news that I would like to share with you on more exciting Indigenous employment initiatives we have been working on at Telstra.

As you may know, NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) has been and gone again for another year. Each year, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Many business units at Telstra celebrated by attending local NAIDOC events, hosting their own morning teas, inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in to chat with their teams.

In Sydney we attended the Redfern NAIDOC event on 12 July at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, where we had an employment booth to promote Indigenous employment at Telstra. We were fortunate enough to get a visit from our CEO David Thodey. It really meant a lot that he took the time out of his busy schedule to come visit us in Redfern. David’s visit really showed his genuine support for the work we do and he certainly got a good reception. I would also like to thank our Telstra team who assisted on the day:  Alicia Park, Danielle Haddad, Suzie Singh, Mark Twynham, Natalie Klak, and Karina Sullivan.

For me personally, this year NAIDOC was extremely special because I got to celebrate with my community and Telstra team. I hope you all had a great NAIDOC too, whatever you did to reflect and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Meanwhile, school-based traineeships are currently on offer in various business units at Telstra. These give the business an opportunity to grow and develop trainees into full time trainees, Cadets or Graduates. Trainees work towards a Certificate 2 qualification, giving them transferrable skills so they can work in other parts of Telstra at the end of their certificate or use the skills they have obtained to start their career elsewhere. This is a great opportunity to give young Indigenous kids a taste of what it’s like to work in a large corporate and a chance to fulfil their career aspirations. If you have a child in year 10 and going onto year 11 next year, please contact Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) team if you are located in NSW, QLD, NT, or the ACT, or AFL Sports Ready in WA or VIC and register your interest. AES and AFL Sports Ready are both specialised Indigenous recruitment and group training organisations and are ready now to register your interest.

Last but not least, I would like to share that I’m currently developing a national calendar of events we will be attending to promote Indigenous employment at Telstra over the next 12 months. Dates we have so far confirmed are

  • 1 August: Teralba Park Indigenous Careers and Employment Expo in Brisbane;
  • 26-29 September: Murri Rugby League in Ipswich; and
  • 21-22 October: The Indigenous Economic Development Forum in Alice Springs.

We are certainly keen to be visible in each state, so if you know of any events with an employment focus please email me.

Well folks that’s it from me. It has been a busy start to the new financial year and I look forward to updating you again soon on more exciting initiatives we have planned over the next few months at Telstra.

Pictured above: (L-R) Danielle Haddad, Suzie Singh, Mark Twynham and Natalie Klak with Telstra’s David Thodey and Jamie Hardy.