Hundreds of TAFE Western staff from across western NSW came together today to celebrate the success of the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
TAFE Western created history on June 1 this year, becoming the first TAFE NSW Institute to get a Stretch RAP approved by Reconciliation Australia. Today staff gathered simultaneously at colleges across the state to celebrate the plan’s immediate success.
“The RAP may be less than six months old, but has already had a significantly positive impact on our staff, students and our local communities,” Acting Institute Director Adam Bennett said.
“We’ve really made steady progress both internally and externally in terms of reconciliation. We’re working closer with Aboriginal communities, delivering training that’s suited to Aboriginal learners and making a positive change in our own employment programs.”
As part of the plan, TAFE Western also released this humorous version of the RAP RAP, a fun take on an important message, featuring members of the organisation’s RAP Working Party.
“The RAP video has gone viral and we’ve fielded lots of congratulatory messages, not only from staff within TAFE Institutes, but from other people not associated with TAFE as well,” TAFE Western Director of Aboriginal Education and Equity Provision Rod Towney said.
“It was great to see so many staff get involved in today’s barbecue and really get behind the spirit of reconciliation.”
The five key objectives identified in the TAFE Western RAP are to improve:
** TAFE Western Orange College (Forest Road) staff Ellen Clifford (left) and Bobbie Husking with the RAP plan at today's barbecue.