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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Four new trainees take places in USQ program

Story courtesy Koori Mail

Hazel Douglas says she has 2000 reasons to smile - the same number of kilometres she travelled to take part in a year-long training program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

USQ has welcomed its 2018 group for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program, with four new trainees on campus to work towards a Certificate III in Business qualification.

Indigenous employment and inclusion officer Sharron Jackson said the program is part of the university's efforts to help close the gap in education, training and employment between Indigenous and other people.

"Our traineeship program graduates have ventured into further education or employment," she said.

"The program is a great success, with its alumni proving to be excellent employees out in the workforce."

It took Ms Douglas three days to travel from Doomadgee in Queensland's Gulf Country to the USQ at Toowoomba.

She said the journey was worth it, and looks forward to the opportunity to boost her skills and gain qualifications before taking her experience back to her community.

Ms Douglas will join the USQ Institute for Agriculture and the environment executive director's office.

Other 2018 trainees are Chloe Short (internal audit, USQ Springfield), Mikaela Boase (student success and wellbeing, USQ Toowoomba) and Maddison Pashley (professional experience placements, USQ Toowoomba).

The USQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program is an initiative of the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy.

University of Southern Queensland trainees Chloe Short, Mikaela Boase, Maddison Pashley and Hazel Douglas.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

TSI Rangers on the right course

Story courtesy of Koori Mail

Rangers in the Torres Strait have completed the Certificate IV in Government Investigations course.

The training was provided through funding received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop a Compliance Management Unit in the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).

The unit will support rangers in undertaking surveillance and environmental compliance activities on the islands under their care.

A ceremony was held during the annual TSRA rangers gathering on Thursday Island to mark the completion of the course.

TSRA chairperson Pedro Stephen said the qualification gives TSRA rangers academic and operational skills to undertake compliance-related activities.

"Our rangers play a critical role in protecting our region, and to strengthen the role of rangers in land and sea management is an important step forward," he said.

"While the rangers are not enforcement officers, they work closely with the relevant agencies to ensure local residents understand the regulations on a range of environment and fisheries issues."

Delivered by a team of expert compliance staff; the training program included theoretical and practical activities including surveillance, executing search warrants, interviewing techniques, offence detection, evidence collection, legislation, ranger safety, court processes and giving evidence in court.

During the workshop the rangers also participated in legislation training, which will enable them to be considered for appointment as inspectors.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Applications sought for MacKillop scholarships

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

APPLICATIONS for the Mary MacKillop Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships are now open. And  for the first time, students can submit their application via video.

The scholarships include course fees and $3000 a year towards study expenses such as text books, IT costs, travel and accommodation.

Students can study any discipline at any level and at any recognised tertiary and further education provider in Australia.

Since 1998, more than 100 scholarship recipients have been supported to complete a tertiary degree.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, dedication and drive and academic merit and potential.

Applications close on August 31. More details are available HERE

Mary MacKillop scholarship recipient Stewart James, from Narrandera, NSW, is completing a Bachelor of Education.

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


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Story courtesy the Koori Mail


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