Indigenous Apprenticeships Program – Lisa, a former florist blooms at the Department of Social Services

I’m Lisa and I work for the Department of Social Services.

Before the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) I worked in the Frail Aged Centre and Sobering Up Shelter in Halls Creek. I’m also a qualified Florist.

You can find my family from the coastline of Broome to the desert of Halls Creek, Western Australia.

Working in the private sector, I found myself looking for other opportunities to develop my skills, and develop as a person. When I came across the IAP on SEEK, I knew it was for me.

I’m the Funding Agreement Manager in the Community Grants Hub. I perform this role for the Department of Social Services in Perth.

I manage the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme as the Funding Agreement Manager. The scheme addresses regional doctor shortages. I manage the scholarship payments to medical students who join the scheme.

I hope to steer my career towards an investigation type role. I’m aiming to complete some more studies to help me get there.

I would have never had the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Government without the IAP. I also enjoyed the Canberra Institute of Technology training I felt I learnt so much. I liked the combined online, face to face and teleconference training. The trainers were supportive and the IAP Team were so helpful and informative every step of the way.

Being nominated to deliver a speech about my apprenticeship at the graduation ceremony was a highlight. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to speak on stage in front of my family, friends, colleagues and trainers. I’ve made lifelong friendships through the program.

Page last updated: 1 February 2020