NAIDOC Week ( Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July ) was celebrated across the country to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Series of events occured throughout the week reflected this year’s theme, Our Languages Matter, highlighting the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
With a sincere and great initiative recognizing NAIDOC Week, SkillsOne celebrates the career success of notable Indigenous employer, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre and the career success of notable vocational education and training (VET) achiever, Indi Clarke.
SkillsOne General Manager Kirstin Casey, shared that winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards’ Medium Employer of the Year Award in Victoria, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, provides holistic services for the education and care of six-month to six-year- old Aboriginal children and their families. The centre recognises the significance of embracing Aboriginal culture from a young age to instill a child’s strong sense of Aboriginal identity and self-esteem as the basis of their foundation for lifelong learning, wellbeing and health.
Bubup Wilam integrates a unique onsite training model centred around Aboriginal perspective, knowledge systems and values, and focuses on building Aboriginal education, training and employment. The program gives Aboriginal Australians the opportunity to gain a Certificate III or Diploma in Children’s Services, building on future Aboriginal leadership while ensuring students receive the skills and knowledge to broaden their post-training work options.
SkillsOne General Manager Kirstin Casey, also shared that Indi Clarke, winner of the 2016 Australian Training Awards’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, has changed his life significantly over the course of the last few years. Working in retail, Indi knew he was not fulfilling his passion and decided to make a change, leading him into a career he loves working for his community.
Completing a Certificate IV in Business as part of his employment with Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) as a Corporate Services Trainee, Indi’s career progression propelled with promotions to Youth and Community Engagement Facilitator & in early 2017, Manager of the Koorie Youth Council.
According to Indi, “I wanted to be working for my community. But to do that I needed some training and some skills so I’d be in a position to help people… I was lucky enough to discover what the VET sector had to offer and that’s what saved me”. Indi emphasized that his teachers cared about finding the best way for him to learn.
Representing his community through participation in leadership and political events, Indi has applied his passion to ensure the best outcomes for Indigenous people and in particular Indigenous youth.
“Awareness and understanding of different cultures is pivotal in today’s contemporary society. There are many vocational pathways, that allow for community led careers, providing a culturally rich workplace environment,” says Kirstin Casey, General Manager at SkillsOne.
According to Kirstin Casey, General Manager at SkillsOne , SkillsOne will be showcasing VET qualifications during National Skills Week from 28 th August to 3 rd September 2017. National Skills Week is Australia’s primary week to acknowledge vocational achievements and celebrate the endless opportunities available through VET.