Seventy-five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees throughout the Australian Public Service (APS) were recognised for successfully completing their respective APS Indigenous Graduate, Cadetship and Traineeship Programs in 2011, at a graduation ceremony held in Canberra on 8 December 2011.
This is the largest group to graduate through the Pathways program since its inception in 2005, bringing the total number recruited under the program since its inception to over 600 Indigenous graduates, cadets and trainees.
The Hon. Gary Gray AO MP, Special Minister of State for Public Service and Integrity, re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to increasing representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the APS. He stated that:
Harnessing this group through a strong focus on education, training, and school to work transitions, will ensure that the growing number of young working-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be a prized and valuable resource in the future.
Other guests at the event included senior public servants and representatives from across a large range of APS agencies, as well as family members and friends of those being recognised for their achievements.
The ceremony also acknowledged the next intake of Indigenous graduates, cadets and trainees who are joining the Australian Public Service through the Pathways programs in 2012. Currently over 100 Indigenous Australians are about to commence their public service journey in 2012.
The Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mr Stephen Sedgwick, highlighted the value of working in the APS in his address to the Indigenous Pathways Program graduates stating:
We (the APS) sell ourselves in the recruitment market as ‘One APS career—thousands of opportunities’. I believe that is a promise we can deliver on. If you put yourself out there, talk to your managers about your career aspirations, access training and development activities that support your goals, you will find that you can access a wide range of employment opportunities.
Group Manager, Workforce Participation
Australian Public Service Commission
(02) 6202 3591 or at clare.page [at] apsc.gov.au