Three students from Bourke have successfully launched an exciting venture after being inspired throughout their Tourism course with TAFE Western.
Kerin Johnson, Jason Dixon and his brother Joseph started Bourke Aboriginal Cultural Tours in July 2015 after they completed the Certificate II in Tourism with TAFE Western the previous year.
Aboriginal Support Officer Leeshay Nean said TAFE had completely turned things around for the three students.
“Before commencing with TAFE Western in Tourism they were all working for the dole,” Ms Nean said. “When the course came up they thought why not give it a go? They hoped that the study would improve their skills to be job ready.”
After completing the Certificate II in Tourism, the students enrolled in the Certificate III, and half way through the course were inspired to launch their new travel venture.
“Kerin, Jason and Joseph have attended seminars held by Destination NSW regarding Tourism and Marketing and their ambition is to expand and take their business into both primary and secondary schools to spread the word about Aboriginal culture and heritage,” Ms Nean said.
“The tours take participants on a cultural learning experience of our beautiful country,” Jason said.
“So far we have done around 20 tours, we’re having great fun doing it and the feedback we have received from people has been really positive – they’ve really enjoyed the tours.”
For more information about Bourke Aboriginal Cultural Tours please phone 0499 530 961.
For further information about TAFE Western’s huge range of tourism options, visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393.