TAFE Western’s continual efforts to ensure all Aboriginal peoples have access to life-changing education and training opportunities has reached unprecedented levels in Dubbo since the Ochre Opportunity Hub became operational in July this year.
Ochre Opportunity Hub Coordinator Belinda Solomon said the new hub, which will be officially launched at a special event next Thursday (November 19), provides young Aboriginal peoples with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between secondary school and further education and/or employment.
“The Ochre Opportunity Hub is an initiative of Aboriginal Affairs and funded by State Training Services, and it’s exciting that this new pilot program has been, and will continue to provide much-needed support to young Aboriginal peoples in the Dubbo region,” Miss Solomon said.
“The main focus of the Opportunity Hub is to build partnerships between schools, employers, education and training providers and the local community to coordinate and match employment, training and further education opportunities to individual students’ needs.”
Miss Solomon said services were available to Aboriginal students from years 5 to 12, with 11 schools in the Dubbo region currently utilising the hub’s facilities.
“Once the student completes school it is our job to assist them into education or employment, mentoring them through that process for the next 12 months,” Miss Solomon said.
“This process includes assisting with interviews, resumes, job applications, taking them to Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations and anything else that can assist the students on a meaningful pathway to full-time employment or study.”
Another feature of the Ochre Opportunity Hub is the Aboriginal Cultural Identity Workshop, which is an eight week interactive and informative program that can deliver motivation, confidence building, cultural, health and wellbeing and educational and employment advice to schools.
“The Opportunity Hub is also focussed on event engagement, to provide one-off events for students to learn and gain more opportunities around education and employment,” Miss Solomon said. “These can include activities such as career expos, guest speaker sessions, health and wellbeing activities and different sports projects.”
The Ochre Opportunity Hub launch will be on Thursday, November 19, at 10am at the Yarradamarra Centre (Myall Street College). All media are invited, and encouraged to attend.
For more information about the launch, or the hub, please contact Miss Solomon on 6883 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org