Dubbo’s next generation of Aboriginal leaders are currently increasing their already impressive skillset as part of a specialised TAFE Western Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management Course.
TAFE Western Management Teacher Megan Walsh said 18 Aboriginal young people from the region had just started the nine-month course, which focused on topics including strategic leadership, change management, risk management and finance management – just to name a few.
“Students enrolled in the course develop the knowledge and skills to work in senior or strategic management,” Ms Walsh said.
“The course prepares students to manage the work of others or a department or allows them to undertake specialised roles to provide strategic leadership.
“A leader’s job is to inspire and encourage whilst a manager’s job is to plan, organise and direct. The Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management Course combines the two in perfect balance so students have the skills for a successful career.”
TAFE Western Director of Aboriginal Education and Equity Provision Rod Towney said it was inspiring to see these young students step up and setting a fine example for fellow Aboriginal peoples in the community.
“Young people and participants in this course have the potential to be leaders for our people now and into the future,” Mr Towney said.
“It’s important that our young people continue to step up, and our older people are here to mentor and offer them support and make sure they’re heading in the right direction.
“The students in this course really do have the potential to make a positive difference in and around Dubbo and I hope they make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”
Course participant Iris Doyle, who works for mental health organisation Neami National in Dubbo, said she enrolled in the course because she wanted to brush up on her leadership skills and inspire a younger generation of workers.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to get an important qualification while at the same time enhancing my skills,” Ms Doyle said.
“I’ve always been a teacher and have always liked passing things onto others. The skills and knowledge I’m learning I think will benefit junior staff at Neami National and I will definitely be recommending this course to some of our junior staff who have lots of potential to become leaders in our community.”
Ms Walsh said TAFE Western would offer two further leadership courses in Dubbo this year – for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
These are a Statement of Attainment in Leadership Fundamentals and a Statement of Attainment in Pathway to Leadership Fundamentals. For information visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.