I’m Ashley. I am from Sydney and I work for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
I joined the department through the Indigenous Apprenticeship Programme (IAP) in 2016. My sister had completed the IAP and she inspired me to apply.
I grew up in the South-Western suburbs of Sydney. My family are descendants from the Woolwonga and Wagiman (NT) and Waka and Goreng Goreng (QLD) tribes.
Before applying for the IAP, I worked in a private recruitment company contracted to the Department of Human Services. I now work for a team within ASIC which investigates suspected breaches of various financial services laws. I enjoy helping my team with a wide range of administrative and enforcement support.
When I first started in the IAP I was nervous. I had never studied and worked at the same time. But my managers supported me in achieving this balance. We met throughout the programme and I felt comfortable asking for their advice or help. The support I received from staff at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) solutions helped me complete my Diploma.
Working in the APS presents you with many learning and development opportunities. My goals right now are to build on my current skills and network with other support staff. I would encourage all future IAP apprentices look at the big picture - don’t sweat the small stuff. You are here to learn as much as you can and make the most of this amazing opportunity.