Big boost for youth train­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A joint ven­ture be­tween a Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion and work­force ac­com­mo­da­tion is set to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dige­nous peo­ple in the re­gion.

Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion Ltd has en­tered a com­mer­cial agree­ment with Kar­ratha Vil­lage in the light in­dus­trial area which will pro­vide train­ing pro­grams as well as gen­er­at­ing in­come to as­sist fund­ing for other com­mu­nity pro­grams.

On of­fer at the 110-bed camp will be hands-on pro­grams for stu­dents in fa­cil­ity man­age­ment, land­scap­ing, main­te­nance, food ser­vice and prepa­ra­tion.

NYFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Jor­gen­son said the aim of the joint ven­ture was to es­tab­lish a sus­tain­able fu­ture for its ben­e­fi­cia­ries across so­cial, cul­tural, eco­nomic, health, busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion fields.

“The part­ner­ship with Kar­ratha Vil­lage will al­low NYFL to devote in­creas­ing bud­gets to­wards our con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments, as well as pro­vid­ing lo­cal in­dige­nous youth with an in­cred­i­ble train­ing op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“Our mem­ber­ship has grown from an ini­tial 320, when the agree­ment was signed in 1998, to cur­rently in ex­cess of 1800 peo­ple — and is still grow­ing.

“Our com­pany prides it­self on strong com­mu­nity val­ues, pro­vid­ing the best op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reer av­enues for our lo­cal in­dige­nous peo­ple and in­te­grat­ing their talents on a larger scale.”

Par­tic­i­pants in the train­ing pro­gram will also be given pre-ad­mis­sion train­ing in sev­eral ad­di­tional areas such as first aid, work­place re­la­tions, con­flict res­o­lu­tion and oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety train­ing.

The pro­gram will be run as a res­i­den­tial pro­gram, with stu­dents housed on site at Kar­ratha Vil­lage for the du­ra­tion of the course.

Is­sues such as lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, ac­com­mo­da­tion, fam­ily is­sues, drug and al­co­hol de­pen­dency, tax and health will also be ad­dressed. Kar­ratha Vil­lage di­rec­tor Graeme Samp­son said the vil­lage di­rec­tors were look­ing for­ward to a long work­ing re­la­tion­ship with NYFL.

“As a re­sult of the ini­tia­tive, we are able to pro­vide fund­ing to NYFL to sup­port their many train­ing and sup­port ser­vices,” he said.

“The fo­cus through the joint ven­ture is to con­tinue to pro­vide a com­pet­i­tively priced ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vice and to es­tab­lish a longterm, sus­tain­able in­dige­nous busi­ness that can in turn de­liver sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to the tra­di­tional own­ers. The Kar­ratha Vil­lage side of the joint ven­ture is very proud to join with NYFL.”

Mr Samp­son said the vil­lage had pro­vided more than 350,000 bed nights of ac­com­mo­da­tion and more than 750,000 meals over 10 years of op­er­a­tion.

Kar­ratha Vil­lage counts cham­pion WA boxer Danny Green as one of its di­rec­tors.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

NYFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Jor­gen­son and di­rec­tor Clin­ton Walker with Kar­ratha Vil­lage di­rec­tors Graeme Samp­son, Andrew Hunt and Danny Green.

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