The Wirrpanda Foundation has seen another successful participant through our Sport and Recreation Traineeship program, with Ashleigh Woods commencing her new role with the City of Albany last week.
Supported by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, the traineeship program sourced and selected employers to host six Sport and Recreation trainees throughout Western Australia.
Ashleigh has been busy in her first week in her role with the City of Albany, assisting TravelSmart officers Julie Passmore and Carl Beck in implementing programs as part of the Active Albany School Holiday program.
DLGSC – Sport and Recreation and the WA Aboriginal Sports Council are committed to improving the number and quality of Indigenous people working in sport and recreation in WA and this project aims to meet this objective.
“The project is a fantastic opportunity to engage local Indigenous youth with a well-supported traineeship placement,” said Wirrpanda Foundation Grants Manager Kate Bobridge.
The program allows for participants to obtain on the job experience whilst completing a qualification. As part of this project, Ashleigh will have a guaranteed 12 month employment placement as well as undertake a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.
Ashleigh impressed throughout the interview process, showing professionalism and maturity.
“She demonstrated a strong passion to work closely with the local Aboriginal community and has already shown some great capacity. We are excited about the year a head working with Ashleigh and the City of Albany,” said Bobridge.
Additionally, Ashleigh will be provided with culturally appropriate mentoring support through one of the Foundation’s Aboriginal youth employment mentors, and connection with our Great Southern Aboriginal Sport Development Program Manager Robbie Miniter, who works locally in Albany to support Aboriginal people and increase participation into sport and recreation in the community.
Congratulations Ashleigh, we wish you all the best in your new role!