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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Black girls to gain computer coding skills

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Traineeships help sisters

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Taungurung sisters Teneille and Ashley Johnson from Swan Hill have benefitted from AFL SportsReady and are ready to start their careers. Teneille, 23, and Ashley, 21, have both undertaken traineeships and are now embarking on very different paths.   Teneille started her AFL SportsReady traineeship in banking with ANZ Swan Hill in 2009 while studying at high school. She later went on to study commerce at Swinburne University.

“Back when I was in high school there were limited job prospects in regional Victoria so I had to take initiative and find a pathway into the finance and banking industry,” Teneille said.

Differing from her finance and banking savvy sister, Ashley’s strengths are in business and administration, which is relevant to her current role at the University of Melbourne. She began her traineeship in 2016 with University of Melbourne’s Murrup Barak faculty as part of VTEC’s Indigenous Australian Employment Development Program.
“I saw how hard my sister was working and I was inspired by her,” Ashley said. “She was working two jobs and doing her traineeship as well. She has always encouraged me to follow my own dreams and has supported me through my own journey.

“I’m so happy to be working around such influential people. Every single day I am exposed to new and exciting information. At the moment I am working in earth sciences so I get to see the labs, learn about climate change and geology.”

Ashley is due to complete the program at the end of 2018. Both sisters are living in Melbourne and often travel back to Swan Hill to visit their family.


AFL SportsReady graduate Teneille Johnson.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ready for work

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

LOCAL cafes and large corporations mixed with Job Ready program students and graduates at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s job networking event, Job at First Bite. The event, in Sydney, was about finding ways to partner for sustainable employment, and the companies attending included Stockland, Fresh Catering, Harry’s Cafe, Park Cafe on Chalmers, Clem’s Chicken, Gardiners Lodge, Sodexo and Compass. Over a lunch prepared by chefs Mat Cribb, Jaye Tyrrell and some of the Job Ready team, 10 job offers were made and future commitments locked in.

The NCIE’s Job Ready program, which offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the Certificate II in Hospitality, is led by Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and Mat Cribb. The program is designed to support graduates for many years after they finish the course.

“Many of our students are facing so many challenges and I’m privileged to be able to support all participants and be surrounded by them here today,” Aunty Beryl said.

“Job Ready trains 60 people every year and assists them into employment, and we keep in touch with graduates from many years ago.

“Sometimes it takes more than an eight-week course to assist someone into employment. The mentoring and support we offer always goes above and beyond what a normal training centre would offer.”

One of the first graduates, in 2006, was Bundjalung and Wiradjuri woman Lisa Mundine, who now runs her own business.

“The course was more than just about learning skills; we were encouraged to think about other industries, and given help to go on and keep going,” she said.

“I want to work with my people, help our mob, and everyone here has the same goal.”
NCIE chief executive Kirstie Parker said the next Job Ready course at the NCIE starts next month.

“Job Ready gives young people the confidence to realise their full potential and gives them the tools to pave the way to a successful career,” she said.

“We’re so proud of the achievements of the graduates; the program has shown to be an asset to both the young people and their communities.”

Mark Thompson from Sodexo and National Centre of Indigenous Excellence chief executive Kirstie Parker at the recent Job at First Bite event

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yolngu studies on offer at CDU

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A DIPLOMA of Yolngu Studies will be among three courses to be introduced this year at Charles Darwin University. New postgraduate spatial science and education courses will be available along with the diploma, which offers skills in speaking and writing Yolngu Matha languages of Northern Australia.

CDU’s Professor Martin Carroll said the courses would provide practical learning experiences for students along with the flexibility to study on campus or online.

“At CDU we are committed to working with Indigenous knowledge holders to create platforms for meaningful cultural exchanges,” he said.

“We are constantly adapting our courses to include the latest in technologies and trends so that students are better prepared to enter changing workplaces.”

The Yolngu Advisory Group guided CDU’s School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy on the coordination and management of the Yolngu Studies courses.
CDU Yolngu Studies lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy and course coordinator Yasunori Hayashi

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fruitful year for USQ Trainees

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

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Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards

17-Aug-2017

The inaugural national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards have been launched with a mission to uncover everyday digital excellence and inspire Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and young people.

To be held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) on the 29 September 2017, the national awards will showcase IDX to corporate Australia.

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Curriculum revamp

THE draft Australian Curriculum attempts to move beyond, rather than entrench, a ‘black armband’ view of history, according to Aboriginal educator Chris Sarra.

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