A new relationship between TAFE NSW – Western Institute and Birrang Enterprise Development Company has created the opportunity for a very significant employment placement and training placement in Dubbo.
Seventeen Aboriginal people will shortly commence a three-month employment placement and training program with the TAFE campus in Dubbo working in several areas.
General Manager of Birrang, Lesley Houston, said the company had up to 300 participants currently undertaking experience with host employers like TAFE throughout their region.
“This is an important service for Aboriginal people to help them get their foot in the door for permanent, ongoing work,” Ms Houston said.
“Placements like this help build the self esteem and confidence of Aboriginal people and gives them practical skills which will place them in a better position for ongoing employment in the future.”
Ms Houston said that Aboriginal people who have been long-term unemployed often find it difficult to secure work and that this scheme bridges the gap by providing experience in a variety of workplaces.
According to Jason Darney, Director of Educational Delivery for the Dubbo Area, TAFE NSW – Western Institute is very pleased to host the group and help them obtain experience.
“Our main work is helping people in this area to gain employment,” he said.
“This partnership is another way we are able to help Aboriginal people in the region to get employment experience and training which will help improve their prospects for work.”
Mr Darney said that staff from the campus has met the participants who are enthusiastic and eager to take part in the work which will involve a number of special projects on the campus.
The participants will work two days a week in jobs in grounds, stores, administration, trades and hospitality at the Dubbo Campus.
“This initiative is good for the workers, good for TAFE and ultimately good for the community around Dubbo,” he said.
Birrang Enterprise Development Company is part of the regional Community Development and Employment Program funded by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations operating in the Binaal Billa region of NSW taking in major towns and cities such as Albury, Griffith, Dubbo, Bathurst, Lithgow and Coonabarabran.
Birrang would like to see other employers follow the example of TAFE and take on some enthusiastic Aboriginal people in a placement.
Employers in Dubbo are invited to contact Kerrie Hutchison from Birrang on 6889 1016 or 0429 318 742 to discuss the possibilities.