Commitment leads to prestigious award
Goodstart's commitment to providing career pathways to young Indigenous people was recognised at the ninth annual CareerTrackers Gala Dinner held earlier this month.
Simone Miller, workforce pathways, partnerships and diversity manager, was awarded the prestigious Intern Manager of the Year.
Ms Miller said she was extremely proud to receive the award.
“I feel so fortunate to lead this incredible program which is directly supporting our commitment to reconciliation and increasing our workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders,” Ms Miller said.
“Best of all, we’re seeing our intern numbers grow each year and our interns are wanting to return a second and third year, which tells me they are equally valuing their experience working at Goodstart.”
“To win this award, after the likes of Telstra last year, is amazing testament to the strength of our program and overall, credit to Goodstart’s ongoing investment to achieving its Reconciliation Action Plan targets.”
Social impact general manager Myra Geddes said the award was great recognition of Goodstart's commitment to inclusion and diversity.
“Simone has been working incredibly hard to lead this important work for a number of years with the support of centre directors, educators and CSO teams, and this award is testament to her great leadership,” Ms Geddes said.
“Importantly, leading this work is a very important part of our social impact to drive positive change not just within our services at Goodstart but also right across the sector.”
Now in its fourth year, the partnership with CareerTrackers has enabled the growth of internship opportunities for Indigenous university students. Goodstart has increased its annual intern intake from three to its current 14, who are primarily early childhood teacher students, with a view of increasing to 20 interns by next 2020.
Ms Geddes said the CareerTrackers program was one of a number of programs and initiatives Goodstart invested in because of inclusion and diversity goals.
“We make investment in these programs because evidence shows diversity is good for children, and particularly that it will help us improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are more likely to start school behind their peers. It also marks another step in our progress towards reconciliation.”
Picture: Simone Miller with intern Ashley Holzapfel