Timber Communities Australia announces the launch of its Young Community Ambassadors Initiative today, at the AUSTimber2016 event in Traralgon, Victoria.
“It’s aimed at the under 35’s, with an interest in raising awareness about this fantastic industry and the positive role it plays for society,” said National Coordinator Helen Murray.
To be eligible you can be associated in any segment of the forestry and wood products pipeline, from the forests right through to architects and beyond.
The six-month program will equip the Young Ambassadors to take a lead and raise awareness and promote our industry in their own neck of the woods. “This is a fantastic opportunity for participants to expand their skills and make a meaningful impact.”
Participants gather for three days in Canberra in June for a series of small group round tables with special guests sharing their knowledge. They will also participate in media skills training.
Then follows a set of six monthly phone mentoring sessions. TCA will support each of the Young Ambassadors in their own chosen activities to the end of the year.
Participants regroup in the bush capital in spring time for further learning, when they will engage with federal parliamentarians about issues relevant to their region or community of interest. “This opportunity will build skills in advocacy, as we encourage and support potential future leaders of community issues in our sector,” said Ms Murray, “There’s no substitute for first-hand, practical experience and that’s the core of this program.”
Expressions of Interest close on Monday 2nd May 2016.
Spaces are limited with a maximum of six places.
Sponsoring Partners are invited to help TCA support young people through this initiative and interested parties are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest.