‘Top Honours to Inspirational Traineeship Graduate’ – Government House, Victoria

Shake a Leg trainee Kayleigh Gallagher, has won the ‘2019 Inspiration Award – Indigenous Student of the Year’ at the AEN Awards, held at Government House December 6, 2019. This newly added award category recognises the achievements of Victorian indigenous apprentices and trainees and their committment to their communities. Kayleigh completed her business traineeship at The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). DELWP’s Aboriginal Employment Plan outlines its aim to grow its own Read more…

‘Brandon Smith inspires students during career bootcamp’ – Melbourne Storm, News

Melbourne Storm utility Brandon Smith inspired 22 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students when he spoke about sacrifice, hard work and commitment during a two-day career bootcamp as part of the NRL School to Work program last month. Smith spoke to the group about leaving his hometown in Waiheke Island, New Zealand and moving to Australia to follow his dream – playing rugby league at the highest level. Melbourne Demons players Jeff Garlett and Toby Read more…

“Amazing experience” for school based trainees

Today at Western Health, four young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women celebrated completing their Shake a Leg school-based business traineeships.   Over the past year, Phoebe Amedovski, Allira McAuley-Dryden, Riah Morgan and Lucy Vicendese have worked towards gaining a Certificate III in Business while also completing their secondary school studies.  The young women did work placement with Western Health for one day per week, across a range of departments, including the Aboriginal Health Unit, Read more…

‘APpeTite program Positively Positions Ruby’s Career’ – Melbourne, Victoria

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander on her Father’s side, Ruby Stanley is from the Yirrganydji tribe of Townsville, North Queensland. While 20-year-old Ruby currently lives in Pakenham, Victoria, her family ensures she maintains a close connection with her culture by sharing stories, teaching her parts of the language, and showing her how to play traditional musical instruments among other things. After finishing high school, Ruby took a break to focus on strengthening her mental health. Read more…

‘Apprentice Riki Realises Her Dream with Downer’ – Brisbane, Queensland.

A proud young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman originally from regional Queensland, Riki, moved to Brisbane with her sister a week after graduating high school in November 2017. Although she loved her hometown Bauhinia, Riki knew there would be limited opportunities available in the engineering industries if she stayed. Motivated by this practicality and a desire to be a positive role model, Riki received the full support of her family when she left home Read more…