RTAA Diversity Discussion
THE RTAA DIVERSITY DISCUSSION
Practical strategies to make diversity and inclusion a reality in Australian rail workplaces
Wednesday 30 August 2017
6:00pm - 8:30pm
The Westin Sydney - 1 Martin Place, Sydney
The RTAA is proud to host Diversity Discussion - a panel aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in rail, with realistic and proven strategies from practitioners. Key focus areas will include Indigenous participation, cultural awareness and employment of people with disabilities.
BOOKINGS NOW OPEN
New Speakers Confirmed!
Michael has worked in the Disability Employment field for almost 8 years after working in sales for both the Woolworths Group and Coca Cola. Michael specialises in tailoring solutions for employers who are keen to employ someone with a disability or who have found someone for a role and are unsure what services and supports are available to assist them. Michael is skilled in the areas of job redesign to fit an individuals and business need, understanding and gaining access to the supported wage system available under the modern award structure and assisting in gaining access to workplace modifications assistance through the Commonwealth Government Job Access program. He is also able to assist in advising on available wage subsidy offerings which may be available to support the induction and training costs of a new staff member.
Heidi Van Gender
Heidi has worked in the disability employment field for almost 8 years after initially building her career in hospitality and tourism. Heidi specializes in the development and execution of pre and post employment training and education for people with disability, tailoring these packages to the specific needs of the individual and the recruiting business. Heidi is also highly sought after by both employers and the new recruits to offer post placement support and mentoring to ensure longevity of the new employment relationship. Heidi specialises in working with youth and has created highly successful pre and post employment offerings to the customer service areas or retail and hospitality. She has more recently turned her hand to working in the development of opportunities in the construction sector, working on proposals for Sydney Metro developments and increasing access for women to enter trades roles and has recently engaged with Salt Australia to assist in building a profile.
Kees is a Partner and Globalist with the Culture Resource Centre. Kees who is originally from the Netherlands and fluent in both Dutch and English holds a Bachelor Degree in International Business. He developed a keen interest in cultural aspects of the workplace through his career with Philips and IBM, where he travelled extensively for international work engagements while working in International Sales and Marketing. His career at IBM included partner management across Europe, US and Asia, and residing in Singapore for three years. His international experience and cross-cultural management expertise allowed the development of highly practical applications to address the challenges of modern day multicultural and international workforces and the ongoing globalisation of corporations. Cultural Diversity - How to Leverage its Potential Kees Hoefsloot's interactive presentation will provide insight how to create a culturally diverse team environment, based on understanding colleagues' perspectives and strengths and conducive to building an inclusive work environment, delivering results and providing opportunities for everyone.
A focal part of Sharon's career has been Indigenous education, training and employment. Her experience includes working within the Corporate Sector as a Diversity Advisor, Human Resources; with community organisations as a Training Supervisor and Youth Support Co-coordinator – Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP); for State Government including TAFE, Education Queensland, Child Safety, Department of Communities and Youth Justice; for the Federal Government with the Department of Education Science and Training and a Job Network as an Indigenous Youth Employment Consultant. Sharon has also held Executive Board Member positions for a number of Aboriginal and mainstream community based organisations.
Sydney Trains is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture. The Sydney Trains Diversity & Inclusion strategy is focused on three objectives:
- Increasing the representation of females across our leadership levels and more generally across the organisation
- Increasing the representation of Aboriginal people across all levels and roles and
- Defining and embedding the concept of flexibility within Sydney Trains, particularly as a portion of our workforce moves to new agile workspaces.
Silver Sponsor $2,000 inc GST (1 only)
Supporter $500 inc GST
Diversity Discussion Presentations Now Available
The RTAA Diversity Discussion was held last night at the Westin Sydney, with a great array of speakers. As promised, please find below the presentations and videos that we have at hand. We are just waiting on one more and that will be uploaded shortly.
Many thanks to those that joined us for an engaging and meaningful event!
Once again we would like to thank our sponsors Sydney Trains, rt health and Select Encompass.
Diversity Discussion - JHG Video
Ability Options Presentation
Diversity Discussion - Ability Options Video 1
Local Joint Meeting
The RTAA is proud to sponsor the IRSE, RTSA and PWI Joint Meeting to be held Thursday 7 September.
See below for further information
Local Joint Meeting ‐ ADELAIDE
Date: Thursday 7 September 2017
Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start
Venue: Fedora’s Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, Corner South Road & Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033
6:00pm Meeting Opening
6:05pm Axle Counter Communications Spencer Junction to Tarcoola
Raneesh Gulawita AMIRSE
Graduate Signalling Design Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation
6:45pm Signalling System Safety is NOT an Absolute
Trevor Moore HonFIRSE
Signalling Standards Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation
7:30pm Meeting Conclusion
7:40pm Cocktail Meal & Refreshments
8:45pm Close Joint Meeting
To assist with venue setup and catering, please RSVP to Malcolm Menadue by 4 September 2017
Phone: 08 8370 7004
Mobile/SMS: 0418 827 126
Cost – Free for Members and Visitors