Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme – Neil
I’m Neil and I’m an apprentice in the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) 2015 intake. I work as a service officer for the Department of Human Services in Darwin.
My heritage is South Sea Islander on my father’s side and Aboriginal on my mother’s side.
My sister was an Indigenous apprentice with the same department about 7 years ago and she loved it. So, when she noticed the IAP was open for applications she encouraged me to apply.
In Darwin, opportunities to work in the Australian Public Service are hard to come by, so I was thrilled to learn I had a position in the IAP.
I’m a people person so I was excited to get placed in a face to face service delivery environment. Working as a service officer has been rewarding as I often help people who are at their lowest.
I’m an independent person who loves a challenge so it’s rare I ask for help, but when I do need help I know my work mates have my back. I also receive support from my Indigenous buddy and mentor who regularly check in with me to see how I’m tracking.
Looking forward, I have been inspired by our local trainers to explore training as a potential future career path. For now, my next step is obtaining my Certificate IV in Government (Service Delivery) through Canberra Institute of Technology and to work towards graduating from the IAP.
Before I landed a place in the IAP I worked as a teacher’s aide and prior to that I worked for AFL Northern Territory as a Game Development Officer. Playing AFL is something I am passionate about – I play locally for the Wanderers Football Club and at state level for Northern Territory. Everyone at work has been encouraging of my AFL commitments and because Darwin’s a small town I often see a lot of my work mates at the footy.
I’ve really enjoyed being part of the IAP and I’d encourage anyone to apply.