Last week saw PeoplePlus host the Community Development Program Leadership forum in Sydney, bringing together a delegation of thought leaders and experts within the Indigenous, Training and Employment Services spaces to discuss ongoing collaboration and innovation between organisations.
Con Kittos, CEO of PeoplePlus Australia, hosted the day and commenced with an insight into the importance of investing in people and organisations who are driven to improve the landscape of Australian employment, with a focus on Indigenous engagement.
Mr Kittos was followed by special guest speaker The Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians, who provided the group with an update on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio and the Community Development Program. Mr Wyatt also led a Q&A session, giving delegates the opportunity to learn from his expertise in the Indigenous and employment spaces.
The day then shifted focus when EyrePlus and TRACQS delegates Susan Rainbow and Shannon Brady facilitated a group discussion and workshop focusing on community engagement and key performance indicators. Australian Institute of Company Directors delegate Phil Butler shared how effective board governance can lead to the achievement of corporate outcomes, while EyrePlus and TRACQS' General Manager Simon Rodgers reflected on the past, present and future of the Community Development Program.
PeoplePlus’ community partners EyrePlus, TRACQS, Bamara, Babana Employment, Australian Institute of Company Directors, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation, Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation, Oak Valley Maralinga Aboriginal Corporation, Scotdesco Aboriginal Corporation, Yalata Anangu Aboriginal Corporation, Australian Workforce Solutions, and Ngoonbi Community Services Indigenous Corporation were all represented on the day.
The delegates appreciated the opportunity to work together and were pleased to deepen connections. All guests agreed that collaboration and engagement strengthen community ties, leading to the delivery of higher quality activities and stronger employment outcomes for Community Development participants and their host employers.