Learning Strategy to drive Indigenous employment

East Arnhem Regional Council today launched the 2016 - 2020 Learning Strategy, reflecting Council’s strong commitment to the ongoing skills development of its workforce and to providing career pathways for its employees.

Also announced was an exciting new working partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Infoxchange, in an effort to improve digital literacy of Indigenous people and enable increased access to education and training.

The four year strategy focuses on developing a highly skilled Council workforce, preparing people for employment and future careers with Council and the development of communities and businesses across East Arnhem Land.

The Strategy outlines a series key targets to be achieved by 2020 including:
• Employ more than 70% Indigenous people
• Provide training for 100% of employees every year
• Provide opportunity to develop the internet skills of 1000 Indigenous people
• Assist 10% Indigenous businesses to develop their online business
• Facilitate broadband Internet connectivity for all EARC communities and provide individual connections for 1000 Indigenous people

“Digital literacy is key to Council’s ability to deliver accessible, relevant, and valuable training in our communities. If we put ourselves in a position where we can prepare people with job-ready skills for employment with Council, we are creating an even greater employee pool across the region, providing skills for life” said President Wunungmurra.

“Importantly it shows Council’s pledge to provide a blended learning environment, offering flexible, accessible, education and training” continued Mr Wunungmurra.

Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has delivered technology for social justice for over 25 years, and a partner with Australia Post in the Go Digi campaign - a national four year digital literacy program.

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Public Relations Coordinator - Katherine Hollis, 0457 518 772

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Sky is the limit for Council trainee

East Arnhem Regional Council's Indigenous Trainee Technical Officer Jacob Pangquee is continuing to excel in his role with Council's Technical Services team, successfully completing the CASA approved Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Pilot’s Certificate in Ipswich.

The five day training course, which included an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate, enables Jacob to commercially operate multi-rotor aircraft, allowing him to independently assist with Council's inspections of buildings, roads, waste facilities and more.

“I am very grateful of the opportunities I’ve been given and I look forward to achieving more and starting off my career at East Arnhem Regional Council” said Jacob.

Commencing in September 2015, Jacob's traineeship has him working towards a Certificate III in Building and Construction, a position which has been made possible thanks to a $45 000 funding partnership between Council and Developing East Arnhem Limited.

A funding first for both organisations, the DEAL Programme provided $45 000 towards the traineeship, with the programme created to provide support and financial assistance to promote economic development, diversification and sustainability of indigenous and other businesses in the region, support employment and training opportunities for residents, and enhance economic wellbeing within the East Arnhem Land region.

"Jacob has been an extremely valuable addition to our Tech Services team. He has shown a strong thirst for knowledge and experience and his enthusiasm to be involved in as much as possible has been extremely encouraging to see" said Council's Director Technical Services, Shane Marshall.

"The funding through DEAL has enabled us to make this position a reality. Long term we see Jacob as a valuable member of the Council team and hope this traineeship acts as a great catalyst for future partnerships with DEAL.”

Jacob will continue to be involved in a range of programs including building inspections, repairs and maintenance to building assets, and supporting projects like the CDU mosquito larvae collection and adult mosquito trapping for virus testing.

After working across all areas of the Technical Services team and completing training in ARCHICAD, the computer assisted drafting program, Jacob will focus his placement in the Building Infrastructure stream and carpentry, where he will work closely with our Technical Officer Mike Bollard commencing on some big projects in Gapwiyak.

A great initiative from both parties, the funding agreement will conclude in June 2016, with Council maintaining the position moving forward.

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Drone technology taking Council to new heights

Local government’s increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones as they are morecommonly known, is a growing field of interest and one now at the forefront of East Arnhem Regional Council operations in the wake of two devastating cyclones.

It was nearly a year ago that Cyclones Lam and Nathan caused widespread destruction across our region, of which we many areas are still recovering. These events, and the mammoth clean up and rebuild which followed, has created an excessive volume of waste and highlights the significance of waste management as a key Council priority.

East Arnhem Regional Council is currently undertaking consolidation works at the Ramingining Landfill site where waste has been both legally and illegally dumped, with similar captures having been completed in both Milingimbi and Galiwin’ku. Management of this project involved the daily surveillance of the consolidation areas by use of an unmanned aircraft.

East Arnhem Regional Council’s Director of Technical Services, Shane Marshall, is excited by the new prospects this technology is bringing to Council’s arsenal of tools.

“This aerial capture has markedly assisted in our understanding of the progression and outcomes of these works.”

“With over 33 000km2 of land mass under our governance the uses for this technology is endless. Already we’ve identified key benefits of using the drone in other areas of asset management, mapping and disaster management, tree condition assessments, wetlands assessment and feral animal monitoring”.

Due to the overwhelming results seen by the introduction of the drones, an additional three Council staff will undertake the RPAS Remote Pilot Certificate course in the coming months, including our young Indigenous Technical Services Trainee.

Council is conducting a full review of waste services across the region identifying the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle as vital in the collection of information, and is expected to be completed in May 2016.

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