A RANGE of new courses at the New England TAFE institute are on the cards for indigenous students this year, with more teaching staff on board.
Responding to industry demand for Aboriginal staff, New England Aboriginal Learning Circle manager Shaun Allan has developed a range of courses available across the Institute this year.
The Aboriginal Learning Circle provides educational support services for Aboriginal students, such as careers advice and guidance and study support to assist with the successful completion of courses. “Industries such as health and natural resources have identified skill shortages within various departments that are required to be filled by Aboriginal people with cultural knowledge and skills,” Mr Allan said.
“TAFE New England has developed courses for Aboriginal people to enter careers in health, indigenous land management, aboriginal sites work and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts, which are available for enrolment this year.”
In 2016, Bianca Freestone enrolled in the Certificate IV in Accounting, which is usually completed over the course of 18 months. The Aboriginal Learning Circle appointed an additional teacher to fast-track her studies, so that Bianca could continue to work full time and obtain a qualification within twelve months.
“I started working in the finance section of my employment and was really enjoying it, so I decided to obtain a qualification so that I could progress my career in this field,” Ms Freestone said.