Building capacity and increasing employment opportunities by Imran Naveed 13 June 2014
ore than 240 Indigenous students from 70 communities across the Northern Territory and interstate were honoured with their awards at the graduation ceremony held recently at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor campus, Northern Territory. The formal qualifications will position these graduates, many of whom are already in employment, to pursue careers in their chosen fields. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students took part in the Batchelor Institute graduation ceremony and it was a day to be remembered for a lifetime by graduating students, their families, friends and communities. For Batchelor Institute it represents another key milestone in its 40 year history of delivering quality research, education and training programs to Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory and across Australia, to position individuals and communities to pursue their employment and economic aspirations. Indigenous students received awards in the fields of: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, Arts & Media, Business, Children’s Services, Community Services, Conservation and Land Management, Construction, Education, Indigenous Environmental Health, Indigenous Knowledges, Kitchen Operations, Language and Linguistics and Training and Assessment. Special Achievement Awards were presented to outstanding
Batchelor Institute Certificate IV in Screen and Media graduate and winner of the Koori Mail Award for his outstanding achievements in Broadcasting and Media studies Edger Richard Richardson receiving his award from Batchelor Institute Chair of Council Professor Markham Rose at the graduation ceremony 2014, Batchelor campus, Northern Territory.
Indigenous students in their field of study: • The Northern Territory Department of Business – VET Award was presented by Director Training Services to Samantha Chalmers from Woodridge in recognition of the most outstanding achievement by a VET
graduand. • NBC Consultants Award was presented by NBC to Julie Namina from Tennant Creek in recognition of the most outstanding student that has completed a Certificate I, II or III in Business. • Koori Mail Award was presented by Koori Mail to
Indigenous graduates and guests at the graduation ceremony.
Edgar Richardson Training provider an from Allenstown increased amount of our in recognition delivery is now being of outstanding undertaken remotely. By achievements by doing this we are ensuring a student enrolled that our training is aligned in Broadcasting or to community aspirations Media Studies. This and to enable us to work scholarship also more closely with industry encourages further and service providers to study in the media better support our students, field. develop more effective • Harry Wilson engagement and learning Memorial models, improve student Scholarship was completion rates and presented by ensure that we are getting TEABBA Team the best possible student Leader Jason outcomes. Key areas of Tambling to Stuart delivery are Business and Nugget from Elliot Governance, Community in recognition of an Guest speaker Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu addressing Services, Conservation the audience. All images supplied outstanding student and Land Management, in the Certificate Construction and Mining, of our students many of whom III Media Studies. This Creative Industries, Health and have had to overcome numerous award was sponsored by the Well Being and Foundation Skills. challenges during their learning Top End Aboriginal Bush I believe this approach is working journey. Their success is testimony Broadcasting Association and in 2013 there were 653 full to their dedication, persistence, (TEABBA). VET qualification completions, skills and abilities. I am very Joseph Gideon Pangiraminni 42% more than in 2012 and a major confident that the qualifications from Pirlangimpi community contribution towards the Northern they have received will position on Melville Island, some 80km Territory meeting its Indigenous them to achieve their employment north of Darwin, graduated with a training targets.’ aspirations and to make a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/ The ceremony began with substantial contribution to their or Torres Strait Islander Primary an Academic procession of community as a professional, a Health (Practice). He is determined leader and a role model for future the Institute Council, staff and to work as an Aboriginal Health graduating students. Lenore generations. Worker and provided the student I would also like to acknowledge Dembski, a Kungarakan Traditional response on behalf of all graduates. all our special guests and in Owner, gave the Welcome to Joseph said, “There will be many Country address and Gurruwun particular our industry, community challenges in undertaking your (Yalmay) Yunupingu delivered the and government partners who course but just keep studying to keynote address. Batchelor Institute are so important in both ensuring build up your skills to enable you to that our education and training Senior Advisor - Community achieve what you want”. Engagement Patrick Anderson was is relevant to the workplace and Batchelor Institute Director the Master of Ceremonies. putting in place those pathways Adrian Mitchell stated: The ceremony was broadcast that lead to employment for our ‘Batchelor campus graduation live by Top End Aboriginal students. Thank you for your was a very special event on our support over the last 12 months and Bush Broadcasting Association 40 years anniversary calendar as it (TEABBA Radio) - your voice in we look forward to continuing to was a day that we got to recognise work closely with you in the future. the bush. Afternoon barbecue was and celebrate the achievements served for all guests. As a Vocational Education
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