Our Indigenous Employment Program is called ‘Shake a Leg’ and works closely with the objectives and guidelines of the Commonwealth of Australia Indigenous Employment Program. With a successful track record in employing Indigenous Australians in both Business and Government Traineeships and Apprenticeships, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how you can be a part of this great initiative.
Shake a Leg are the leaders in finding and placing young indigenous males and females into apprenticeships and traineeships. Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship we offer a mentoring program to help indigenous apprentices’ and trainees complete their qualification.
Our Program Objectives are simple – help more Indigenous people get jobs as Apprentices or Trainees. Our mentoring program is different because we focus on:
- encouraging, recognising and promoting achievements in Indigenous employment
- work to building aspirations
- providing one on one mentoring to individuals and businesses
Some of the things we offer
- hand on employment training
- post-placement mentoring
- mentoring for employers
- cross-cultural training for workplaces
- regional strategies
- development of recruitment and retention plans to employ Indigenous Australians
- tailored assistance to meet the needs of large corporate organisations
- working with industries that are experiencing or forecasting skills shortages
- workforce strategies in areas of government service delivery
- training and mentoring of Indigenous people to become Apprentices and Trainees
- work focused literacy and numeracy assistance
- promoting the success of peer role models (through our dedicated ‘in house’ mentors
- expanding career guidance and aspiration building programs
- providing work exposure opportunities
Shake a Leg indigenous apprenticeships and traineeships is a non for profit organisation who is all about helping young people achieve their dreams and goals.
The artwork for Shake a Leg was developed by Daren Dunn. Daren Dunn runs Alenarra Art an Aboriginal man of the Gamilaroi tribe – Coonabarabran NSW Australia. A Koori man with a passion for living, people, art, culture, health and wellbeing, Daren is married to Tania Dunn and has three children Alexander and Kynarra and their precious newborn Kooriaani.
Daren’s love for life, energy and creativity have been evident since childhood; and have been expressed and captured in his visual art and performance on every field and stage that Daren has put his mind to.
The painting is about how important it is to gather as one and show honour and respect to our past elders, present elders and the nurturing of the youth today. Also demonstrates how important it is to gather, live, love and work as one. As you can see the in the painting, I have painted 4 different tribes representing the areas in which WPC are currently working in. The dots that are leading into the centre represent the colours of the many tribes through out the areas. The circles in the middle represent the meeting and gathering of all the tribes. This is where the youth of today will prosper and become leaders amongst their communities.
What ‘Shake a Leg’ means to Darren
I am an international visual and performing artist and at all times when I do this I do the ultimate representation for my culture that is shake a leg. Shake a Leg shows our strength and man hood in our dances. Shake a Leg is a traditional dance we do. It means stand proud, represent and it also is a show off dance to females. Shake a leg has a very important spiritual symbolism in our performances. It is the core to our performances, similar to the New Zealand maori haka. When we sit with our auntys and uncles and someone says “go on have a dance etc.” we don’t say this… we say “go on shake a leg!”