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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, September 06, 2017

Wilcannia TAFE students get their just deserts

Story courtesy the Koori Mail ..

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Valuable help for students

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

Christi Chapman (second from left) and Emma Dunrobin (fourth from left) with CQ University Emerald Campus coordinator Gai Sypher (fourth from right) and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are members of the Agreement Implementation Group.

BUNDABERG-based Indigenous student Christi Chapman says she’s always had a “keen eye for business” and a hankering to own her own bar, but recognised she has to put in the hard yards to create career opportunities.

Mackay-based Indigenous student Emma Dunrobin has undertaken a summer internship in at the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in Brisbane, in order to apply her studies in a
real-world environment.
Both of these CQUniversity students recently crossed paths at the Clermont Heritage Centre as recipients of Wangan and Jagalingou Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund (ACDF) scholarships, to assist them in their studies over the next four years.

Established by Glencore Coal Assets, the scholarships are valued at $12,500 each year for the duration of the students’ programs (a total value
of $100,000).

As descendants of the Wangan and Jagalingou People, both women had the opportunity to meet with CQUniversity Emerald campus coordinator Gai Sypher, Glencore Coal Assets Australia representatives and members of the Wangan and Jagalingou people who are part of the ACDF Committee.

Studying business and accounting, Ms Chapman says her work in the hospitality industry promoted her interest in owning her own bar, while she also has aspirations to become a business teacher.
“Growing up I actually thought university was for non-Indigenous people, but as I got to high school I thought, nope, I really can do that. I can become a teacher,” she said.

“I want to have that higher education to show not only to me but also my family and friends that Indigenous people can achieve higher education.”

Ms Dunrobin says she has been able to step outside her comfort zone thanks to the support and encouragement of her lecturers.

She said her human resources management internship was a “fantastic opportunity” to gain hands-on workplace experience relevant to her studies, while the scholarship’s financial assistance would be a great help in paying educational expenses, enabling concentration on studies.

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


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