I AMlucky to have caught Jasmine Standhams (right) and Daneica Stewart on their weekend off — these impressive young women are otherwise busily employed in vital roles at Ayers Rock Resort in central Australia. Standhams, from the small town of Bowraville in the NSWmid-north coast hinterland, is the supervisor of the busy T-Shirt Shop in the integrated resort’s village square. Stewart, from Eden on the NSWsouth coast, is an assistant accountant. The young women are among 34 recent graduates from a one-year practical and academic program at the resort’s National Indigenous Training Academy; 25 of these graduates have stayed to take full-time employment here. Since assuming management of this large resort, which has multiple accommodation options, in May 2011, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has raised the number of Aboriginal employees from two to more than 160; the goal is 50 per cent of all staff by 2018. More: voyages.com.au.