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LWEP
Labour Movement Work Experience Program

The Labour Movement Work Experience Program is an innovative and challenging training programme for young people with an interest in the labour movement and is coordinated by the Labour Movement Education Association Inc.

Participants are employed full-time and are paid a training wage. LMWEP offers a mix of formal skills training, work experience in union and political offices, seminars led by labour figures, and familiarisation visits to key organisations.

Applications  are  now being  sought for the 2013 LMWEP Program,

The internship is a full-time, five week program running from 21 January until 22 February 2013.. Applications close 3rd December 2012.

For more information check out the new website: http://lmwep.blogspot.com/

The Programme in Brief

Every year up to eight young people experience an exciting and challenging five-week programme introducing them to the labour movement. The Programme runs in January/February.

The Programme offers a mix of formal skills training, work experience in union and political offices, seminars led by labour figures, and familiarisation visits to key organisations.

Participants are employed full time and are paid a training wage.

Since 1996, more than sixty young people have participated in the Programme. Of these, more than half have gone on to work in the labour movement, and almost all remain active in labour politics.

Aims

The Programme seeks to:
  • Strengthen links between young activists and the labour movement, by forming a community of young people with a sound understanding of the aspirations, methods and values of the union movement and the Australian Labor Party, and the relationship between them;
  • Provide participants with experience and training in union, political and campaigning skills;
  • Give participants first hand experience of the inner workings of unions, political offices and other groups involved with the labour movement; and
  • Enable participants to broaden their knowledge and interest in the central issues affecting the labour movement.

Activities

Participants engage in a variety of activities including work experience placements in union and political offices, a training and seminar programme and visits to key organisations such as unions, Parliament House and the ALP.


Work experience placements are a highlight of the Programme, enabling participants to see first hand the day-to-day work and activities of unions, politicians and their staff.

Formal seminars provide participants with an historical and contemporary understanding of the labour movement, its methods and aspirations.

For many participants this is their first opportunity to meet and interact with key labour figures.

Training sessions ensure participants are well versed in the basic skills involved in political, campaigning and organising work, which optimises their experiences during their work placements.

Key training and information sessions include:

  • The history, role and structure of unions and the ALP;
  • Advocacy skills;
  • Campaigning skills;
  • Using the media;
  • Organising skills, including communications and conflict resolution;
  • Current industrial and political issues.

Funding

Every year, significant financial support is needed to meet the wages of the participants and other Programme costs.

Programme funding comes from direct donations and fund raising.

Three well-established fund raising events are held each year. The May Day Breakfast is held on the Esplanade in Fremantle every year, prior to the May Day March; tickets for a Melbourne Cup sweep are sold all over Australia and the Great Debate sees well known unionists and politicians engage in spirited debate about largely unimportant issues, while the audience enjoy a few drinks on a Friday evening.

Donations

Significant financial support is needed to meet the wages of the participants and other Program costs every year.  LMWEP funding comes from direct  donations from West Australian trade unions and Parliamentarians.


Organisation

LMWEP is coordinated by the Labour Movement Education Association Inc. (LMEA Inc.).


However, participants are encouraged to organise many Programme activities themselves, providing them with experience in planning and coordinating people and events.

Register Now

Participants are selected following consideration of their written applications and an interview.

Send in your CV, along with a letter detailing your relevant political and/or union interests and why you wish to participate in the Program to:

LMEA Inc.
PO Box 324
West Perth WA 6872

or email your application to:
lmeainc@hotmail.com

For information regarding your application, please contact Hayden on (08) 9481 4844.
 


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