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Port Lincoln - In community, by community, for community: preparing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for life beyond school

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews MP has launched a new video series showcasing innovative education and training programs being run across the country to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students successfully transition from school to work and study, including here in South Australia.

In Port Lincoln, a partnership between Port Lincoln High School and the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy is delivering Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support as well as vocational education and training (VET) qualifications for potential boat skippers and engineers.

The VET programs offered for local Indigenous students builds on the cultural and industrial heritage of the region.

It is a great example of local schools, local employers and local communities working together to make the most of opportunities for local students.

“I am very impressed with this program and the range of other innovative, grassroots, skills-based initiatives that are producing important results in regional areas,” Minister Andrews said.

“The program utilises the natural advantages of the local community and maximising the chances of young people finding a career. It focusses on the long standing local fisheries industry.

“The relationship to the sea is a fundamental part of the cultural of the traditional custodians of the Port Lincoln region—the Barngala peoples—and to build that cultural connection into vocational training is an insightful approach to education and learning.”

In this and other programs being showcased, students are being trained in skills that will benefit the community, and that also have a real pathway to local work. It’s a win-win, and part of the Government’s vision for the reinvigorated VET sector - real skills for real careers.

The video series show some best practice examples of schools, employers and community working collaboratively to transform lives and provide businesses with the skilled workforce they need for future growth.

“I am thrilled to see programs delivered in community by community for community making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and delivering real training for real careers,” Minister Andrews said.

“The principles applied by these programs match the Government’s commitment to restoring VET to its place as a centre of excellence and innovation that delivers the best outcomes for students and supports businesses with a properly skilled workforce.”

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