Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla & Port Lincoln

Do you want to improve recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in your business? Build a better understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal people in the workplace? This workshop will improve the knowledge of your team and build the capacity of your business to provide sustainable and culturally appropriate employment and working environments for Aboriginal employees.

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP), Local Jobs North West Country SA and Northern Water are hosting a cultural understanding for recruitment and retention workshop series for business based in Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Lincoln and/or businesses operating in the Upper Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula. The workshop series is subsidised by RDAEP, Local Jobs and Northern Water.

Workshops are scheduled across the following dates and locations:

27 February
Register: Port Pirie
6 March
Register: Port Augusta
19 March
Register: Whyalla
9 April
Register: Port Lincoln

Places in these workshops are limited to 20 registrations per event, and one registration per business (if demand is greater than places we will create a wait list and coordinate additional workshop opportunities for later in 2024).

KWY Aboriginal Corporation are our delivery partner for the workshops.

Sessions will provide tangible strategies to support recruitment and retention of Aboriginal team members, including:

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity: Gain an understanding of cultural backgrounds, customs, beliefs, and values of employees from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication skills: Develop effective communication to build strong relationships with employees, particularly those from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Conflict resolution: Build techniques to manage conflicts & build consensus among team members from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Recruitment and retention: Plan strategies to attract and retain employees from diverse cultural backgrounds by creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture.
  • Workplace policies and procedures: Learn about legal requirements and best practices for creating a workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment, and other forms of bias.

About our workshop project partner: Northern Water are pleased to be partnering with RDAEP and Local Jobs to support delivery of the Cultural Understanding for Recruitment and Retention of Aboriginal People Workshop series. The Northern Water project aims to provide a new, sustainable water source for the Far North, Upper Spencer Gulf and Eastern Eyre Peninsula regions of South Australia to enable the growth of industries crucial to achieving net-zero goals, including the emerging green energy and hydrogen industries. This is expected to involve construction and operation of a seawater desalination plant at Cape Hardy near Tumby Bay connected to northern South Australia via up to 600km of pipeline.

Northern Water is expected to create around 800 new construction jobs and around 40 ongoing operations and maintenance roles across the Far North, Upper Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula regions. Our goal is to build skills and experience across the Far North, Upper Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula regions, create jobs for local workers and generate new business opportunities for local businesses. Subject to approvals and a final investment decision, detailed design and construction is scheduled to occur between 2025 and 2028. Learn more about the project here http://www.northernwater.com.au

Initiatives such as the Cultural Understanding for Recruitment and Retention of Aboriginal People Workshop series are important in supporting local businesses and local workers benefit from participation in projects such as Northern Water. We look forward to joining you in the delivery of this program.

Contact: Tamsin Scholz, Project Support Officer | tamsin.scholz@rdaep.org.au | 0498 826 453