Career opportunities for Indigenous youth showcased at Canberra APS Expo

Career opportunities for Indigenous youth showcased at Canberra APS Expo

Indigenous Affairs Education Work Exposure in Government (WEX)
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

SIndigenous youth dressed in casual clothing stand in front of tables in a well lit room talking to Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults. At left is the Aboriginal flag and above is a branch with leaves.

The Work Exposure in Government (WEX) programme brings year 11 and 12 Indigenous students from around Australia to Canberra for 5 days. It is a series of activities and events designed to showcase career options available in the Australian Public Service.

Supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a career expo was held for the WEX participants, bringing together 18 government departments and agencies to provide advice and information to the 70 Indigenous youth. At the expo, they learned about potential career pathways and government Indigenous recruitment programs.

Group of Indigenous youth dressed in casual wear, many carrying bags, interact with other adults in a room with flags and other items on the back wall and a white ceiling above

Isaac Mabo-Edwards is a young Meriam man of the Piadram Clan and living in Townsville.

'I joined WEX to discover more about government roles, especially defence as I’m interested in becoming an officer and I want to make that into a career'.

Jenayah Ingrey, from Wreck Bay on the South Coast of NSW is a member of the Yuin mob,

'I joined WEX because before I came I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I was so adamant of wanting to make something of myself,' Jenayah said.

'I want to show my mob at home, no matter what, we can do something. We can always shoot for the stars.'

As WEX inspires all the participants to find their path in life and serve their community and nation, it is accomplishing its purpose.