Local Aboriginal students are benefiting from a new partnership between TAFE NSW - Western Institute, Department of Community Services and Families First in NSW, giving them the opportunity to gain a qualification in child care.
Eight students graduated the pilot program, which was customised for the local Aboriginal community.
According to Kay Adams, Head Teacher, TAFE NSW - Western Institute at Orange, "Those participating with this program are hoping that one day there will be an Aboriginal Child Care service in Orange with qualified Aboriginal carers."
"The group has shown enthusiasm and interest and the students feel they have gained valuable training, which some have said has helped them with their own parenting."
According to Adrian Mitchell, Institute Director, the program gives students a head start in a career in child care.
"This is another example of how TAFE has been able to help local Indigenous student obtain training with potential for employment outcomes," said Adrian Mitchell, Institute Director.
"I congratulate the teachers and students for their results so far, and sincerely hope they are all able to continue towards a recognised qualification.
"Those students who do will be able to gain credit into the higher level program.
"Already some of the students are planning to enrol in the Certificate III in Children's Services course next year.
"They will then be able to progress to diploma level qualifications and ultimately enable them to work in childcare," he said.
The units studied in the pilot program were
The program was jointly funded by NSW and Commonwealth governments, as part of the Joint Indigenous Funding Pool.