When it comes to workforce, the community services are experiencing unprecedented change. As an industry we know a diverse workforce enhances creativity and drives innovation. To meet the challenges and opportunities change brings, now is the time to find new ways to recruit, train and retain your best workforce.

In this webinar you will:

• Hear real-world examples from community services organisations that have fostered diverse workforce practices, their experience, strategies and stories of success

• Learn practical strategies to attract, retain and develop a diverse talent pool

• Gain insights into the Queensland Government’s Good People. Good Jobs. Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032 and supports available for your organisation.

This event is powered by the Queensland Government’s Good People. Good Jobs. Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022 – 2032. For more information about the strategy, and the support available for industry and business visit Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032 | Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training (desbt.qld.gov.au).

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills, and Minister for Youth Justice, CSIA CEO Cheryl Schmidt and guest speakers will share insights and learnings you need to know now, to nurture your most important asset, your workforce!

Proud Wakka Wakka woman and UnitingCare Community RAP Partner – Workforce, Leadership and Wellbeing Candice Hamilton on employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Candice’s role at Uniting Care QLD is RAP Partner Workforce, Leadership and Wellbeing in the Reconciliation Action Plan Team, which forms part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy and Partnerships Team. Candice works across all departments of Uniting Care, providing management and guidance on matters pertaining to First Nations workforce, leadership development and wellbeing.

Life Without Barriers Chief Innovation Officer Emma Bennison on employing people with disability.

Emma has over twenty years’ experience as a CEO and non-executive Director. Passionate about finding innovative solutions to challenging problems, she creates collegial organisational cultures that attract great people, achieve great results and nurture tomorrow’s leaders.

Currently, Emma is Chief Innovation Officer with Life Without Barriers, where she provides empowering, inspiring and collaborative leadership that drives the development and implementation of strategic change and engagement initiatives in relation to disability advocacy and community services delivery across Life Without Barriers and beyond.

CentacareFNQ Multicultural Services Industry Connect Officer Suha McCartney on employing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people.

Suha brings 20 years of professional experience covering Dubai, Australia, and the UK. She has worked in senior executive roles in Marketing, Business Development, Training, and Assessment covering industry leaders in Hospitality, Tourism Boards, Government Organisations, non-profit organisations, and NGO’s including UNICEF Middle East and the Obama Foundation. Before joining Centacare Multicultural Services, she worked as a team leader with Angus Knight Group overlooking the development of Workforce Australia Training Programs covering QLD, NSW, and VIC.

She has a highly demonstrated history of working collaboratively with diverse communities, and vulnerable, resilient individuals and learners. She is experienced in developing engaging, current, and tailored training and development programs that generate long-term value with the target learners and stakeholders.