Job­seeker train­ing boost

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

More than 800 indige­nous job­seek­ers in re­mote Kim­ber­ley com­mu­ni­ties will travel far and wide to un­der­take train­ing af­ter an Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion re­cently launched a ma­jor train­ing ini­tia­tive.

Fitzroy Cross­ing-based Abo­rig­i­nal ser­vice Marra Worra Worra re­cently strength­ened its align­ment with North Re­gional TAFE and Ocean and Earth Train­ing to in­tro­duce 20 new pro­grams, aimed at pre­par­ing work­ers for em­ploy­ment.

TAFE cour­ses will tar­get early school leavers in the Fitzroy Cross­ing, with the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pan­sion af­ter a trial phase. They will fo­cus on strength­en­ing skills, de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship and re­duc­ing em­ploy­ment bar­ri­ers and of­fer hands-on ed­u­ca­tion for par­tic­i­pants.

North Re­gional TAFE train­ing man­ager Jeff Cooper said the pro­grams would ad­dress the needs of par­tic­i­pants and build ca­pac­ity in lead­er­ship in crit­i­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice func­tions.

“The TAFE’s con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion in work­ing closely with or­gan­i­sa­tions is yield­ing some fan­tas­tic re­sults across the re­gion,” he said. “We look for­ward to ex­tend­ing unique train­ing mod­els like this to clients that are keen to see pos­i­tive out­comes for their peo­ple and com­mu­nity.

Ocean and Earth Train­ing, which of­fers spe­cialised train­ing around the State, will work closely with Kar­raylii Ed­u­ca­tion Re­source, a sub­sidiary of Marra Worra Worra, to de­liver a number of cour­ses, each with ex­ten­sive lit­er­ary and nu­mer­acy com­po­nents.

The TAFE and train­ing cen­tre pro­grams will be in­tro­duced over the next two years, with cour­ses in au­to­mo­tive, hor­ti­cul­ture, tourism and beauty ther­apy rolling out as soon as next month.

Marra Worra Worra chief ex­ec­u­tive Jir­ringa “Dickie” Bed­ford said the pro­grams would ben­e­fit re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

“It is one of the most ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives seen in the val­ley for a long time,” he said. “Peo­ple have choices in what they par­tic­i­pate in and many would be re­quired to travel over 100km from their homes.”

The Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion is en­gag­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions for em­ploy­ment part­ner­ships.

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