Show Me The Way Blog

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


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


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fruitful year for USQ Trainees

Story courtesy the Koori Mail


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Graduates set up to fire up careers

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A THIRD class of Indigenous students has graduated from a training program to help Indigenous people apply to become firefighters.

In the latest ceremony, 22 students graduated with a Certificate IV in Fitness, as well as basic firefighting and job application

Under the course, run by TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (TAFE SWSi) and Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), participants attended classes at TAFE SWSi Macquarie Fields College, local fire stations and the FRNSW State Training College at Alexandria.

They were also mentored by Aboriginal firefighters. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, FRNSW acting deputy commissioner Mal Connellan said the course was part of the FRNSW Indigenous employment strategy.

“Being a firefighter is the best job in the world,” he said.

“Thousands of people apply to be firefighters every year and, rightly, it’s not easy to get in, but it’s important the fire service represents the community it serves.

“The information and experience these graduates have gained will help them with the application process.

“Completing the course doesn’t guarantee a position, but it has given graduates a unique insight into the job and the process.”

Institute director Peter Roberts said TAFE SWSi was proud to be playing a leading role in giving Aboriginal people the opportunity to become a firefighter.

“We believe that everybody in our community should have the opportunity to gain the skills and training they need to reach their career goals,” he said.

“Our partnership with FRNSW is helping to give Aboriginal people who want a career in the fire and rescue services the best opportunity to achieve that ambition. 

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Woorabinda youth looking to the future

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THEY’VE been under a bit of pressure in recent times, but this year’s Year 12 graduates from the Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in central Queensland are looking forward to bright futures.

Raymond Rankin is keen to attend the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane.

“I did find finishing hard; it was a bit of a struggle because I have a Certificate III as well as my senior,” he said.

Jobe Adams, who already has some production work under his belt, said he was the first person in his family to finish Year 12. “It was challenging, but I ended up doing it,” he said.

Ardin O’Chin said he was hoping for carpentry work with the local council, but was instead offered a job as an apprentice electrician.
“They’ll give me a lot of support,” he said.

Stanley Huskic is looking forward to being a nurse for his own people in Woorabinda.

“I’m having a gap year here in Woorie while I do my assistant nursing studies, with my practical here at the hospital,” he said.

“After this year I’m going to do more study and look at applying to go to university.”

Red Cross Futures coordinator Stephen Collins said all of the graduates were keen to keep setting and kicking goals.

“None of them wants to come back and just sit around. All of them want to keep going and doing something, which is awesome,” he said.

“And they’re setting an expectation, not just for younger brothers and sisters, but also the whole of community; and they’re not just choosing to peak, they’re setting another goal.”
Woorabinda's 2016 Year 12 graduates from left: Jordan Young, Raymond Rankin, Jobe Adams, Ardin O'Chin, Miiesha Young, Stanley Huskic, Stewart Smith and Stephen Collins. Absent: Terry Sullivan and Keanu Doyle

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