Developing your Career
The Department is a ‘learning organisation’ which means it values and invests in providing learning opportunities, and career development opportunities for our staff. This includes various opportunities for Aboriginal employees to build their skills and capabilities, and pursue qualifications to progress in the Department.
But before you do any training or upskilling you will have the opportunity to have career development discussions with your manager. This may be a continuing conversation as part of your regular supervision, or you and your manager may discuss this as part of an in-depth performance development discussion during your annual Reaching Forward Performance Development session. As part of the discussion, your manager may want to talk to you about how you’re going in your role, what skills or knowledge areas you think you need to assist you in your role and your future career goals. They will then help with coaching or mentoring, recommend tools and resources or give you opportunities to work shadow according to your training needs.
The Learning and Development Centre
The Learning and Development Centre (LDC) is the Department’s registered training organisation. LDC provides a wide program of training courses and learning pathways for our employees. LDC delivers face-to-face and online programs so courses are accessible to our staff across Western Australia.
Learning and Development Network
The Learning and Development Network is an online community of staff who champion workplace learning, and identify themselves as ‘leaders of learning’. Staff can join and share or receive the latest news and updates about learning and development via email.
Aboriginal cultural learning focuses on building capacity for all staff to work effectively with Aboriginal children, families and communities. The Department has formal on-line Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation training, however, there are plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn together. For example, Aboriginal Practice Network (APN’s) are local forums in every district that allow Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff to have open discussions about how the Department works with Aboriginal families to build cross-cultural competency across each district.
Supporting you to study
Many of our staff access study supports to assist them in completing tertiary studies towards a relevant degree, accessing study leave, HECS reimbursement or paid placements. The Department, through the Learning and Development Centre, also offers staff the chance to complete the Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention, which leads into the second year of a Bachelor degree in Social Work.