Talent Pool activating young people in the Pilbara

3 July 2020

Our Royal Life Saving Talent Pool program has been busy meeting, greeting and training up new young people in our state’s north-west lately. Talent Pool Manager Tim Turner has been making the most of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to get back into the important task of networking with community groups across the Pilbara to find out how we can best partner up to activate young people in the aquatic industry.

New Talent Pool staff member RekindaHe recently met with members of the Pilbara JSA network, sharing and planning how to best support job seekers to secure employment across the Pilbara. Going against national trends and a COVID constrained economy it’s obvious speaking to those on the ground in the that there is a strong demand for skilled labour in the region, with the challenge being how to prepare young people to take on these opportunities.

The agencies that attended the meeting included EPIC, Bloodwood Tree, Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation, Northern TAFE, & Apprenticeships Australia. Royal Life Saving WA will continue to work with these organisations to scope the design, development, and delivery of a Pilbara Aboriginal Youth Engagement & Employment Strategy supported by the Northwest Aboriginal Housing Fund.

Tim has also had the pleasure of bringing together VSwans Coordinator, Tegan Fielding, and Apprenticeships Australia’s Tarin Drummond, to discuss how best to promote aquatics as a choice career for Indigenous young people in the region. One of the important strategies to achieve this includes activating local Indigenous youth to work with us as ambassadors in their own network of friends.

Three local young women who have joined us as part of the Talent Pool program will play an important role in this area, with Tim recently welcoming Chloe and Lacey to our Pilbara team to work alongside newly appointed Talent Pool Coordinator Rekinda Binsaad. All three will make up a local Indigenous led team who will be responsible for developing new and exciting community based aquatic programs, activating the local water park, and training and supporting the next wave of lifeguards and swim teachers in the Pilbara.

Tim is pleased to see the progress being made in the region! “Dare I say I am working myself out of a job with the amazing Talent Royal Life Saving WA is bringing to our projects across the regions.”

You can find out more about Talent Pool at the link below.

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