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ECU engaging the local Indigenous community

Friday, 03 December 2010

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ECU was pleased to welcome four members of our local Indigenous community to the Joondalup Campus this week for the IPA Personnel Conservation and Land Management Pre- employment Program, a joint initiative between ECU and employment agency IPA, which aims to provide education and learning opportunities to the local Indigenous community.

The project allows Indigenous participants to visit tertiary education institutions, including ECU, Curtin University and Polytechnic West, where they learn a number of important skills which will help them gain employment in the wider community.

The project is also an opportunity for institutions such as ECU to showcase future employment, training or educational opportunities to the Indigenous community.

The two-day program saw participants complete modules in conservation and land management while also gaining hands on experience through the completion of tasks such as reticulation, pruning and identification of plants.

Applicants who participated and completed the course also received an Occupational Health and Safety white card and a first aid certificate.

Mr Ronald Kelly, who participated in the two-day program, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

“I like working outdoors and have enjoyed the work experience and modules we completed in conservation and land management.

“I really want to find employment in a similar field, with a company that will also support me to complete my Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management,” said Mr Kelly.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko was pleased to welcome the participants to the Joondalup Campus.  

“This is a fantastic initiative by IPA which provides education opportunities for those within the Indigenous community and we are proud to be able to support and encourage these participants as they develop their careers,” said Professor Cherednichenko.

The visit concluded with a bbq lunch where participants were presented with certificates recognising their efforts.

For more information on the program, email Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Ms Melanie King on m.king@ecu.edu.au.

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