Young workers find voice
The Pilbara Development Commission has started a program to expand professional development opportunities for young people in the region after finding 40 per cent of the local workforce is under 35.
The PDC Emerging Young Leaders initiative aims to provide Pilbara workers aged 35 and under with a strong voice in the community and more opportunities to develop networking, argument development, public speaking and negotiation skills for their careers.
It will launch with debating events in Karratha on September 28 and Port Hedland on September 29, in which teams of Pilbara young professionals will go head to head on the topic of renewable energy.
PDC chief executive Terry Hill said enabling more professional development for the Pilbara’s sizeable young population was important for growth and prosperity in the region.
“The challenges of distance mean the young working population of the Pilbara face barriers not experienced in larger urban centres,” he said.
“We want to provide them with the same career development opportunities that their peers have access to in the larger urban areas and take their leadership development to the next level.”
PDC project officer Cassie Baldock said the program would help the commission target strategies to support local young people.
“The events will also provide us with an opportunity to engage with young leaders across the Pilbara to identify the activities we should be doing in the future that will provide the most benefit for their development as leaders,” she said.
Four members of the UWA Debating Union will present a seminar on how to debate and put together speeches and arguments at each event.
UWADU president Alexandra Matthews said the group was looking forward to coming to the North West for the first time.
We’ve never been up north, so we’re pretty excited to be working with adults already in quite a good place in their career,” she said.
“I guess we love what we do and find that it’s been really valuable and helpful to help us with our speaking in our uni degrees, so we try as much we can to give back and help out people who, due to them being from quite a remote town or school, haven’t quite had that exposure to all the things we’ve been lucky enough to have.”
For more information or to register for the Debate Battle Royale event, visit www.pdc.wa.gov.au.