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I Am Ready Program a success with NR TAFE students

A new program designed to engage youth and set them up with a job ready ‘tool has been a huge success at North Regional TAFE’s Kununurra campus.

 

The program I Am Ready, has been developed and coordinated by North Regional TAFE Aboriginal Education Support Officer, Natthanyal Hunter. The program had men aged from 18 - 45 come, go, and even start mid-way through. It wasn’t long before nine dedicated students were turning up to class early ready to learn some new skills.

 

Natthanyal’s students recently completed a taste of trades component, taking part in hands-on learning blocks in construction, engineering, automotive and art, and have since made progress in their resume writing and worked towards obtaining a driver’s licence.

 

“I want to do more for my mob. The best part is seeing the smiles on the boys’ faces. I want them to succeed and grow and be job ready,” Natthanyal said.

 

Natthanyal’s students recently graduated from the program and a small ceremony was held on campus.

 

Kununurra Training Manager, Rosemary Taffinder plans to refine the program design to meet future demands in the community.

 

“This was an extremely successful program. In the future, we hope to run the program on a regular basis in the East Kimberley.” 

One participant has already received a job working at a MG building site and local employers have noted two others as potential future employees. The Program has sparked confidence in the men and set them up for a better future.

 

“I believe in these boys. I am very proud of them, very proud,” Natthanyal said.

 

Page last updated October 23, 2019