Angela Sloan is a Ngarrindjeri woman.
Angela has 23 years experience in developing, promoting and managing Aboriginal employment, recruitment, training and retention across state, federal and local government, as well as the private sector in a JSA and a major South Australian Utility company. Angela has contributed to National Round Table discussions to develop national policy around Aboriginal employment and training and has been a key note speaker at state, national and international conferences on best practice models. Angela continues to maintain her personal interests of Aboriginal student support, mentoring and retention through her membership on the Western ICAN Management Committee and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts as a Board Member of Tandanya. Angela is one of the Project Managers for the Woolworths Indigenous Pre Employment Programme and says she is fortunate to have the opportunity to work across South Australia and with many Aboriginal communities. “I receive a great deal of satisfaction from this position, seeing new participants on day one of the Programme and being part of their ten week journey of self development and gaining real skills for real employment. Knowing the participants have a Mentor to support them for two years is an element of the programme that I haven’t seen anywhere else. The commitment and personal investment reflects the outstanding success rates that MEEA has achieved.”
Project Manager and Mentor: Mildura
Josh is managing and mentoring the Woolworths Indigenous Pre-Employment Programme that has just began in Mildura, Victoria. After finishing school, Josh completed an Apprenticeship in small engines which he continued with for six years. He was then was successful in obtaining a position with MADEC Job Services Provider as a Marketer and then Case Manager in Wentworth, working with the Indigenous CDEP programme. Josh was with MADEC for around three years before he was approached by MEGT Apprenticeship Centre and offered to run their office in Mildura. After running this office for two years, Josh became a Coordinator at the Wentworth Office for SUMMIT, another job service provider. In this time Josh was a trainer and assessor for a number of Indigenous programmes. Josh began with MEEA in February 2012 after accidentally coming across the advertised position. “I liked the sound of it and what the programme has to offer, especially with guaranteed positions at the end of the programme.”
Project Manager: Darwin∧ Back to top
Katharine has come from over 20 years employment in the Liquid Packaging Industry. Having experience in Training and Assessing roles within a manufacturing environment and working with a variety of people from different backgrounds has given Katharine the skills and qualities that go hand in hand with a mentoring role. Working as a Supervisor and in Customer Service roles has given her the opportunity to meet and interact with people from many different cultural backgrounds. Undertaking the Globally Making A Difference (GMAD) programme in 2010 empowered Katharine to follow her dreams and the career path that she was searching for in a Case Management/Mentoring role. Katharine believes that the Woolworths Indigenous Employment Programme is a great avenue for Indigenous Australians to enter the retail sector as well as helping “Close The Gap” within the Australian workforce.
Donna is the Mentor for the Retail for the Future 250 Programme and Peregrine Corporation Programme. She is passionate about supporting people to be the best they can be. Most recently, Donna has worked supporting youth from culturally diverse backgrounds, who are disengaged from community and education and youth with disabilities. Donna has 28 years of experience in the Retail, Educational and Financial sectors. My roles have covered; Front line Sales, Retail Supervisory, Fraud Investigation, Banking Compliance, Banking Sales, Training, Educational Planning, Educational support and Autism awareness. “I am excited about MEEA’s Retail for the Future 250 Programme and supporting Indigenous people to build better futures.”
Linda’s previous position was working as an Employment Coach with PVS Workfind a JSA provider where she case managed over 120 job seekers, the highest caseload of indigenous clients. The role included building relationships with jobseekers and clients, assisting jobseekers with training, support and employment. Linda also liaised with Centrelink, training providers and community organisations. Previous to this role, Linda worked in the recruitment industry where she was involved in Government and Private recruitment processes and managing temporary and permanent employees. She also have over three years’ experience working within the recruitment industry.
Indigenous Mentor: South East
Kaz’s previous position was working as an Employment Coach with Campbell Page, a JSA provider where she case managed over 320 jobseekers in the Mount Gambier Office and was also an outreach consultant for the Millicent area. The role included building relationships with jobseekers and clients, assisting jobseekers with training, support and employment. She also liaised with Centrelink, training providers and community organisations.
Previous to this role, Kaz worked in Adelaide at Keswick Barracks as the HR/ Adult Recruiting Officer for the South Australian Army Cadets where she was involved in the recruitment processes while assisting other Officers and members of the public with any queries about policies and procedures concerning the Australian Army Cadets. Kaz has also held the position of Unit Commander at the local Army Cadet Unit in Mount Gambier, delivering a youth development programme in a military context. She has been a member of the South Australian Army Cadets for the last eight years.
Indigenous Mentor: Alice Springs∧ Back to top
Kaeshane has worked as an administration officer for a wide range of companies such as TAFE SA ART and Nunkuwarri Yunti but now she is our full time Administration Officer (Trainship) here at MEEA. She is about to start studying a Certificate 3 in Business at Electus. When she has completed the Certificate 3 in Business she has her sights on furthering her studies to become a mentor for her Aboriginal Communities.∧ Back to top