TAFE Western has been honoured for its work in Aboriginal education and training with several awards which were announced at the TAFE NSW Gili Awards in Sydney last night.
These included the prestigious Institute Award which is presented in recognition of excellence in provision of delivery and innovative strategies to increase Aboriginal student participation, retention, completion and transition to employment.
Also at the awards TAFE Western, in conjunction with the NSW Police Force, was presented with the Industry Partnership Award for the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program and Kodie Keed from Parkes was named the Trainee of the Year.
Kate Baxter, Institute Director said that TAFE Western has been placing a significant emphasis on closing the gap on the disadvantage Aboriginal people experience in education and employment.
"Last year more than 7000 Aboriginal students enrolled with us throughout the region, accounting for about 17% of our total student population and making us the largest single trainer of Aboriginal people in Australia," she said.
Ms Baxter said that TAFE Western has significantly expanded the number of Aboriginal people working for the organisation and has a number of strategies in place to ensure strong connections with the Aboriginal communities in western NSW.
"Our aim is to work with Aboriginal people and communities to match training to their aspirations and employment pathways," she said.
"The IPROWD program is a great example of how we can work with an employer and with Aboriginal people and achieve education and employment outcomes which will benefit whole communities."
The TAFE NSW Gili Awards were held in Sydney and were hosted by the Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate within the NSW Department of Education and Communities.