Agency visits continue for the Graduate Development Program

Public Sector Commission

The Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Development Program continues to expose participants to a variety of agencies providing frontline services, giving them the opportunity to hear from experts in the field.

Since visiting the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in June, the 2018 cohort has visited Western Australian Police (WAPOL), Perth Theatre Trust - His Majesty’s Theatre and the Heath Ledger Theatre, and Main Roads WA.

Ms Chris Canny, Assistant Director, Professional Development Division at the WAPOL Training Academy hosted program participants at the academy in Joondalup. Participants took part in a tactical training session, comprising a simulation of a contemporary threatening scenario and applied observation skills and common sense, to choose the appropriate response to diffuse the situation. Dr Vince Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Crime Stoppers WA also conducted a presentation about the organisation and its strong ties with WAPOL.

Mr Glenn Hall, Director Venue Operations and Ms Alice Jorgenson, Venue Manager hosted participants at His Majesty’s and the Heath Ledger Theatres, respectively. Participants were given an exclusive tour of the Heath Ledger Theatre, and the opportunity to gain an appreciation of His Majesty’s Theatre’s historical significance and its ongoing support of Culture and Arts in Perth.

Mr Alan Colegate, Acting Executive Director, Strategy and Communications hosted participants at Main Roads’ head office, and provided participants with an overview of the agency’s strategic direction, including access to two of its operational locations – the Materials Engineering Branch (MEB) and Road Network Operations Centre. Mr Les Merchant, Manager Material Engineering gave participants a tour of the branch where they heard about the foundations of how roads were constructed. To conclude the tour, Mr Mehdi Langroudi, Director Congestion Strategy and Movement Program Delivery showed participants the equipment used in the new operations centre and shared an understanding about the complexities and skills required in data analytics.

These agency site visits are a great opportunity to demonstrate, cooperation, cross-sector collaboration between agencies and showcase the depth and breadth of work across the sector.