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Meet Dylan Appleby from the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program

20 Jun 2012

After completing year 12 in his hometown of Stanthorpe in QLD, Dylan Appleby was keen to develop his career. He decided he needed to move to pursue his goal of becoming an electrician. Dylan discovered the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP) and moved to Coffs Harbour as he has family and friends living in the area.

The IYMP is managed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; (DEEWR) which helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ages 16-24 move away from home to one of 16 host locations, to gain the skills they need to get a job back in their community or elsewhere.

IYMP provides accommodation, education and training and focuses on participants obtaining Certificate III qualifications and above in a range of industries.

To help prepare for an apprenticeship, Dylan’s IYMP manager, Gretta Horvath, from Aboriginal Hostels in Coffs harbour, recommended Dylan complete a pre-vocational course at Southern Cross University where he achieved a Distinction grade average. During this time, Dylan also enrolled in a Certificate III in Events Management and found a casual job with a local events company. He enjoyed this experience but remained focused on his goal of an electrical apprenticeship.

Dylan’s persistence paid off when he saw an ad for apprenticeships with Essential Energy. He applied and began an intensive, five month recruitment process involving on-line assessments and tests that he completed with support and encouragement from his IYMP support workers.

He was overwhelmed when he was told he had an interview. “I was shocked at first because it was a very popular position in this area. I was told at the interview that literally hundreds of people applied and there were only two positions. When it hit me I was extremely happy and proud of myself,” Dylan said.

Dylan was soon offered an apprenticeship and started in January 2012. “I just can’t wait to start! I’m keen to get in there and start working. I’m also going to put 100% into all the study involved because it’s something I’m interested in and when I complete my apprenticeship I want to be able to work my way up through the industry and become a good role model to the younger mob.”

Dylan has advice for other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considering moving away from home to follow their career goals. “I’d say go for it! It was a really big help.  Even if you are unsure on what career path you want to take don’t let that stop you. The IYMP provide heaps of help and opportunities. You also make good mates along the way.”

Find out more

 To find out how you can apply for the Indigenous Youth Mobility program visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) website

Aboriginal Hostels Australia provides safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation for Indigenous Australians who need to live away from home to access services and economic opportunities. Visit the Aboriginal Hostels (AHL) website to find out about services they provide.

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