As a not-for-profit organisation, managing diversity constructively and helping to address disadvantage is an ongoing priority for MEGT. The reach of our response is broad, ranging from communities to our own employees, whilst at the same time being focused, in that our priority areas for the next few years include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disabilities, and gender-related issues.
In our communities
MEGT has been helping to address disadvantage and inequity in Australia’s communities since 1982.
In the last 30-plus years we have been involved in a range of initiatives including:
- Encouraging females to take up apprenticeships in non-traditional trades
- working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide training and employment opportunities
- employing staff with disability
- managing a training centre on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation
- piloting a course providing work-ready and entry level skills to people with intellectual disability.
One of our most recent initiatives is to provide training for the Certificate III/IV in Disability.
Within our organisation
MEGT is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. That means respecting individual differences – age, ability, accent, appearance, family responsibilities, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. – and using those differences to strengthen our business.
A diverse workforce means we can attract and retain staff from a broader range of people who have different experiences and perspectives. This improves our organisational ability to solve problems and helps us meet the needs of an increasingly diverse client base. It also provides opportunities for us to develop and deliver services that will help others.
People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage
- Our Indigenous Apprenticeship and Traineeship Network (IATN) employs over 70 Indigenous apprentices and trainees.
- MEGT has an approved Reconciliation Action Plan setting out a range of activities and commitments.
- We are connected to our local community via the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place and staff are encouraged to attend events and lunches and volunteer their help.
MEGT currently employs two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees and is working with our local community and our Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) to increase that number in the very near future.
Share Our Pride – Reconciliation Australia’s five-step journey towards understanding and respecting Indigenous culture
Swimming the River – an animated and entertaining 5’20” video from the Wunan Foundation
People with disability
- MEGT is an active member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND).
- Our Skills Potential Program in Tasmania won the ACPET 2012 Award for Excellence for a Social Inclusion Initiative and is still going strong, preparing young people with intellectual and learning difficulties for meaningful employment.
- MEGT has a 12-month agreement with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) who are helping us to increase the number of corporate staff we employ with disability.
MEGT Institute is now delivering Certificates III and IV in Disability.
Disability Sensitivity Training Video 1 – a humorous 3’40’ look at relating to people with disability
Inspiration and the objectification of disability: Stella Young at TEDxSydney 2014 – a humorous and hard-hitting video well worth the 9’26”
JobAccess – advice on employing people with disability
- MEGT is compliant with gender reporting under the Workplace Gender Equality Act. Selected staff have recently completed specialised training with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to support our gender equality strategy.
- We have a trained national network of Equal Opportunity Contact Officers to support our goals of effectively managing diversity and behaviours so our workplaces are safe and inclusive.
Equality of opportunity
MEGT supports equal employment opportunities for all
MEGT’s vision is to be a leader in the development of a highly skilled nation. This will be achieved by providing quality education, training and employment pathways and opportunities for all Australians.
MEGT promotes a culture that fosters equality, diversity, unity, understanding and respect for all.