Ten Aboriginal students from the central west region will graduate with an Aboriginal Education Support School Based Trainee certificate at a special presentation next Wednesday (November 18).
Head Teacher Education Support Shane Kilby said the TAFE Western students had just completed a new and exciting pilot program that saw them spend 100 days working and training at a number of local primary schools in the region.
“It was fantastic to see the development in the students – seeing them transform from shy trainees into happy, confident adults,” she said.
“The students were a great help to the teachers in the classroom and the children really enjoyed having them there for support.”
The graduating students include: Kathrine Allen (Parkes High School), Kiaya Clark (Canobolas High School), Tarni Clarke (Parkes High School), Samantha Clifford (Canobolas High School), Lilly Dawson (Lithgow High School), Brianna Elbourne-Gordon (Cowra High School), Bri-ann Faucett-Kay (Mudgee High School), Maddison Griffiths-Leonard (Canobolas High School), Andrew McAleenan (Cowra High School) and Jack McGarth (Parkes High School).
All of the graduating students agreed the course was extremely beneficial.
Samantha Clifford, who helped at Bowen Public School, enjoyed meeting new people; Brianna Elbourne-Gordon at Cowra Public School liked seeing the children learn new things, while Kathrine Allen enjoyed watching the Forbes North Primary School students mature before her eyes.
Ms Kilby said trainees who had successfully completed the school based traineeship may choose to go on to a Certificate IV Education Support, which had the potential to open up many avenues for employment/further training including working in schools as a School Learning Support Officer or Education Support Officer.
The Aboriginal Education Support School Based Trainee certificate was a joint partnership, with TAFE Western, Department of Education and Communities, State Training Services, Elsa Dixon Funding, Way Ahead Program, Western Student Connections, Access Group Training and Indigenous Youth Careers Program all vital in the success of the pilot program.
The graduation will be held at TAFE Western Orange’s March Street College, in the Winhanganha building from 11.30am on Wednesday, November 18. All family, friends and media are invited to come along to this event.
For more information phone Ms Kilby on 6827 1621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org