Tailored work training leads to Aboriginal employment

Feb 08, 2018

Marg with students Pt Augusta

TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre has partnered with the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation (KAC) and Australian Camp Services (ACS) to deliver a training program that is skilling locals to take up employment opportunities at Carrapateena Mine.    

Recruited through Job Services Australia, the students undertook an eight week program which combined specialised hospitality skill sets in kitchen and housekeeping with basic job skills practice, learning how to manage finances and First Aid.

The students spent two nights at Carrapateena Mine, 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta, where they gained on-the-job experience with a variety of tasks.

TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centre Director, Marg Mibus, said the students have shown a great commitment to the program.

“I am pleased to be able to work with KAC and ACS to deliver training that will provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal people,” Marg said.

“It has been a worthwhile journey that will see many go onto jobs in the mine.”

TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre works to improve participation in education and employment outcomes by addressing issues regarding access to training resources, financial restraints and community expectations.

The Kokatha People are the traditional owners of a large section of the land in the north of South Australia.

Australian Camp Services is a well-respected remote site services company operating throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.