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CFA at Dreamtime jobs expo
CFA spoke to several young indigenous people about firefighting careers at the Dreamtime Careers Expo on 31 May as part of the AFL’s ‘Dreamtime at the G’ activities during National Reconciliation Week.
The event, held at the Richmond Football Club, attracted people of all ages from Melbourne and regional Victoria who came to speak with potential employers and education providers.
Martin Penrose, who works in career firefighter recruitment, said that event had been a good opportunity for CFA to connect with indigenous Victorians, especially given the work CFA had been doing around developing its Koori Inclusion Action Plan and other initiatives around increasing diversity in brigades.
“We’ve been involved with the expo since it commenced three years ago,” he said.
“Being at the event gave us the chance to talk with organisations such as the armed forces and Victoria Police to find out what they are doing to promote opportunities for aboriginal Australians.
The Dreamtime Career Expo provides Victorian employers, education and training providers the opportunity to connect with up and coming indigenous Victorians.
CFA is developing a Koori Inclusion Action Plan (KIAP) to promote inclusion of Aboriginal people and perspectives throughout everything we do, from volunteerism and employment to partnerships and service delivery.
The KIAP will focus on four priority action areas Data and Service Improvement; Koori Volunteerism; Employment and Economic Participation and Communication; Engagement and Partnerships.
Pictured, below, at the Dream Time Expo is Martin Penrose from People and Culture and Josh Davis, project coordinator from CFA’s Operational Training and Volunteerism team.