Futures forged at DSG traineeship expo
What does your future look like?
Deadly Sista Girlz from over 10 schools across the Perth metro area joined us at Lathlain to help answer that question at the DSG Year 10 School-Based Traineeship Expo in early June.
The 30-plus students – from schools across the greater metro area, including John Tonkin College in Mandurah, Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford and Southern River College in Gosnells – undertook a round robin of interviews with prospective employers across a wealth of sectors.
Following an ice-breaker session, the students, in groups of two to four, quizzed employers at length about the career offerings they offered for young Aboriginal people.
Employers included DSG funders Water Corporation and Western Power; employment partners Target; the Australian Defence Force and many more.
In addition to asking their own questions, students were equipped with prompts to kickstart conversations and clarify essential details for each employers, including their RAPs, their Indigenous engagement programs and their commitment to cultural safety.
Deadly Sista Girlz Team Manager Megan D’Agostino said the opportunity to connect with prospective employers is essential to empowering young Indigenous women.
“When you’re a teenager and busy with school, sports and family, it can be scary to think about what you want to do for work long-term.
“Meeting with employers and thinking about your career when you’re still in year 10 can be really daunting, but I’m so proud of our Deadly Sista Girlz and their mentors for being brave enough to take control of their futures.
The Year 10 School-Based Traineeships Expo is one of several career-building initiatives available to Deadly Sista Girlz throughout their schooling, through events like the Deadly Futures Expo and the Deadly Leadership Summit.
Deadly Sista Girlz is an holistic education, empowerment and healthy lifestyle program for Indigenous girls operating in 18 schools across Australia. Deadly Sista Girlz is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency, with support from a wealth of corporate partners, including Water Corporation. Find out more.