Young Broome man finds PaTH to a creative career

Young Indigenous man, seated at computer, using photo editing software

Thanks to Transition to Work and Youth Jobs PaTH, Adam has gained a job in the media industry with the Broome Aboriginal Media Association

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Indigenous young man, Adam Dann, had always had an interest in photography and media.

But as he lives in a remote area—Broome in Western Australia—there weren’t a lot of opportunities for careers in this field.

Through his participation in the Transition to Work service, Adam received intensive pre-employment support to improve his work-readiness from Yawuru, the local provider of employment services.  His Yawuru case manager, Kirsty Pearson, helped Adam build his confidence through the Skillz program.  

The Skillz program focuses on developing cultural leadership by working with Yawuru Elders and community organisations. Participating in this course saw Adam improve his confidence, communication skills and teamwork skills. It was also during this program that Adam’s love for photography and video editing really came to the fore. At the completion of the Skillz program, Adam gained a Certificate II in Leadership.

During the Skillz program, Yawuru found an incredible opportunity for Adam. As part of the
Youth Jobs PaTH program, Adam was able to take part in an internship with Broome Aboriginal Media Association (BAMA), a subsidiary of Goolarri Media.

Adam and BAMA turned out to be a great match. The work experience he gained during the internship gave Adam a feel for what it would be like to work in a media company, and he enjoyed learning all about the cameras and equipment.

‘My provider, Yawuru, supported me through gaining some experience with BAMA, given my interest in media and photography,’ Adam said.

 ‘I was given the opportunity to see a few different elements, this included working with cameras and also cutting footage for production. As part of the radio network, I learned how to change to different programs for different communities.’

Adam said it was great being placed with a host employer where everyone was really supportive. He gained a lot of valuable experience in a field he is genuinely interested in.

‘I supported a festival called Saltwater Fest; it involved different bands and many cameras. I had to cut in and edit from a variety of different camera angles. It was challenging,’ Adam said.

BAMA was so happy with Adam, they offered him a position as a Screen and Media Trainee upon completion of the internship. He also recently began studying for a Certificate III in Screen and Media, delivered by Goolarri Media, putting him on the road to an interesting and fulfilling career.

BAMA Manager Neil Turner said the Youth Jobs PaTH program was a great way for them to trial and hire new talent.

‘Being in Broome, it can be a challenge to find the right people who have an aptitude for media work. We can train someone up but they have to have the interest to begin with.

‘Yawuru did a great job finding us a young man who has that genuine interest and desire to work in this field.

‘While we thought Adam would be a good fit for what we were looking for, it was good to have that confirmed during the internship, ’ Neil said.

Yawuru case manager Kirsty said it couldn’t have worked out better for Adam.

‘The Transition to Work service, our Skillz program, and the PaTH program gave Adam the boost he needed—and now he’s on his way.’

Correct at time of publication.