Young work­ers find voice

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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

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