The Condobolin Vocational Training Alliance has been officially launched at the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation office in Condobolin. The Launch was attended by four members of the NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training which has supported the establishment of the training initiative.
The Condobolin Vocational Training Alliance is a cooperative initiative between Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation, TAFE NSW - Western Institute, Central West Community College and Condobolin Adult Education.
The purpose is to deliver vocational training for local Aboriginal people which has immediate potential for successful employment outcomes. TAFE NSW has a partnership with Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation and is already delivering training in three areas. These include horticulture (plant propagation), green waste management and commercial cleaning and each of the training program combines off-job training and actual workplace experience. A fourth area, mining operations will start soon.
The Central West Community College is also running training in leadership which will focus on developing leadership skills, managing projects and building teams.
Percy Knight the CEO of Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation provided an overview of his organisation's goals for employment and training. He said, "This is not about training for training's sake. We are linking training to employment".
He also announced that the National Adult Learners Week will be officially launched at Condobolin later this year.
In his comments, Adrian Mitchell, Director TAFENSW - Western Institute said, "This initiative represents a significant shift in the way we have previously gone about our business and I congratulate the Wiradjrui Condobolin Corporation for their initiative".
"The partnership to provide training has brought more resources to the community and the initiative is providing real outcomes. It is enabling people to take advantage of opportunities for ongoing employment.
Following the launch at the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation the visitors including members from the Board of Vocational Education and Training were able to meet students and their teachers at three of the sites where workplace training has commenced. These included the new green waste composting centre, the Wiradjuri Bettergrow Nursery and Barrick Gold mine at Lake Cowal.
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