It is a well-established fact that there is a chronic shortage of employment opportunities in the remote communities of Central Australia. However, part of our commitment to Anangu students and their families is to make our young people as job-ready as we can, while looking for ways to expand the pool of available work.
We participate in Try'A Skill each year in Alice Springs. This was previously called Try'A Trade and gives students an opportunity to try their hand at such things as hairdressing, electronics, mechanics, bakery, butchery, carpentry and metalwork. Our students have also attended the Anangu Work Expo at the APY Trade Training Centre in Umuwa. This Expo gives students not just a chance to experience different trades, but also to make connections with employers and training providers.
An important part of our school life is the partnership we have forged with SEIT Tours, a local (Yulara) tour company. Our students regularly accompany international tour groups as work experience. Typically they will help guide visitors on a desert walk and assist the tour guide with Pitjantjatjara terminology. They also help with serving food, help set up and clean up, and sometimes demonstrate skills such as spear throwing. This is invaluable experience in a viable local industry.
Nyangatjatjara College will partner with RedPath Education to deliver a vocational education childcare course from 2016, with training for Certificate I & II in Early Childhood Education and Care. It is envisaged that there will be training at central campus and some placement work at Yulara Childcare, as well as work experience undertaken in the Childcare centres of the students' home communities.
For a number of years our Mutitjulu and Docker River students have met regularly with the local Ranger service. These sessions are varied and include both practical and theoretical elements, but there is an overarching theme of sustainability and caring for country. A number of College students aspire to become Rangers when they leave school.
Read more about VETiS here.