The University of New England has launched its official Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2013-2018 which reinforces UNE’s commitment to being a leader in the education and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The strategy was launched at a reception at UNE and was attended by elders and representatives from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, as well as UNE senior executive, including the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
A highlight of the event was a performance of traditional dances by talented youths from Armidale High School.
Robert Waters, UNE’s Aboriginal Employment Officer, said the strategy is a key step towards achieving the University’s target in becoming a first-rate employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“UNE is committed to being a good employer and building meaningful career paths for indigenous people, an important part of the Strategy which also focuses on building understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and appropriate workforce management practices.
“We are looking towards a number of key results, all of which will lead to better working environments and more employment opportunities for ATSI people. Obviously the success of the strategy will require a lot of commitment from all involved, but I’m confident about the future under this strategy towards 2018,” Mr Waters said.