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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.


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, September 09, 2015

Constructing careers

Story courtesy the Koori Mail


A GROUP of 15 Indigenous young people have been learning skills to help them gain well-paid careers while completing their Certificate I Construction courses in Townsville.

 They are boarding students at St Teresa’s Abergowrie College near Ingham and came from places such as Thursday Island, Warraber Island, Papua New Guinea, Hope Vale and Woorabinda.

As part of the certificate course they received training from tradesmen at the Ausco Modular Pty Ltd factory in Townsville and also education at TAFE.

The Koori Mail visited the Ausco factory in the Bohle suburb on August 18.

Ausco’s Joseph Rees said the students were being educated work health and safety.

“These include hazard identification and risk mitigation; safe handling and use of tools; use of safe operating procedures; use of personal risk assessments through Take 5s; working at heights safety; safe use of ladders; housekeeping; communication and consultation; and recycling of waste,” Mr Rees said.

Hope Vale’s Patrick Hart and Tyrone Gibson were hard at work on the factory floor and said they were delighted to be learning skills from experienced tradespeople in a real factory setting.

“I want to be an electrician and this will help me greatly,” Patrick said.

Tyrone said he wanted to be a plumber when he completed school.

Torres Strait Islanders Dabus Mouga (Warraber) and Alton Charlie (Thursday Island) were equally enthusiastic and both hoping to gain careers in the building industry.
On a roof inside the factory were Peter Nai (Warraber) and Gideon Maso (Papua New Guinea).

Abergowrie teacher Jy Jordan said this was an important part of their education which gave them exposure to a workplace.

Ausco Modulars Townsville manufacturing manager Craig Canning said he was very proud of the boys’ achievements.

“They have shown great respect and maturity while completing their course here at the factory, with the tradesman more than happy to teach them construction skills,” he said.

Mr Canning and Mr Rees’s also gave an informal speech to the lads at the TAFE College.

“It was about working safely so you can get home to your family,” he said.
On the ground, from left, Dabus Mouga, Patrick Hart, Tyrone Gibson and Alton Charlie

and on the roof  (inset right) Peter Nai and Gideon Maso.

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


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Scholarship for lucky man who loves libraries

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A LOVE of libraries and a lucky break have earned Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Nathan Sentance a scholarship with the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA).

Mr Sentance, a Wiradjuri (NSW) man, is studying a Bachelor of Information Studies degree at CSU’s School of Information Studies while he works in the Indigenous Services Branch of the State Library of NSW.

“By random chance, I saw a job advertised in the Koori Mail,” he said.

“I’d been working at the Darkinjung Land Council, archiving and digitising old documents. I was able to help them organise their documents when they moved.

“I got the job (with State Library of NSW) and fell in love with archiving.”

Mr Sentance has been awarded the ASA’s Loris Williams Scholarship, an initiative that aims to increase the number of Indigenous librarians and archivists.
“I am particularly excited about the mentor aspect of this scholarship as it will help guide my studies and work,” he said.

“I am excited to be working and studying in an industry that can be so beneficial for people and communities.

“I believe Indigenous intellectual property is an important part of communities owning and managing their history, culture and stories.

“Libraries and archives contain a lot information regarding Indigenous people and our culture. Recognising Indigenous communities as the co-creators and or joint copyright holders of this information is an important step in assisting Indigenous Australians manage information by and about our people and culture.”

Wiradjuri man Nathan Sentance has been awarded a scholarship for his commitment to Indigenous issues in libraries and archives.

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


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