01 November

New training initiative unlocks sustainable employment for Aboriginal trainees

A new training program is delivering real employment outcomes for Aboriginal workers thanks to a collaboration between Ingkerreke Commercial and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT).

The innovative training program was delivered by CfAT in Mutitjulu. Trainees undertook modules designed to equip them with essential trade and OH&S skills as well as an understanding of policies and procedures relating to the construction industry.

The trainees also gained valuable hands-on experience working on the job whilst receiving their training – with the added bonus of earning wages at the same time.

Colin Warnock, Training Delivery Manager at CfAT was thrilled with the results of the program trial.

“This idea was so simple, but it was so effective,” Colin said.

“We adopted a unique training methodology which allowed our trainees to test their newly acquired skills in the workplace and on the jobsite and the results were outstanding.”

The trainees involved in the program were committed and engaged and as a result, have now secured ongoing employment with Ingkerreke Commercial since completing the program.

“Ingkerreke Commercial is truly focused on outcomes for Aboriginal people,” Colin said.

“I’m so inspired. This program worked, and it worked well.” 

Ingkerreke Commercial CEO Callum Mathison believes the program is ‘a perfect example of Aboriginal businesses working together to deliver training and employment outcomes.’

“The collaboration between CfAT and Ingkerreke Commercial achieved amazing results for the trainees with on the job work experience, supported by training and employment.,” Callum said.

It is hoped that the training program will continue in the future to provide more opportunities for Aboriginal people in the NT to upskill, enabling them to gain sustainable employment.