Batchelor Institute’s Business VET program is helping young Aboriginal people in central Australia. In partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Employment Program, Batchelor Institute is delivering a Certificate II in Business to a group of 10 Aboriginal students in Alice Springs. After they finish the students will get jobs in various NT Government agencies.

Students are learning essential skills for a variety of junior administrative positions such as health and safety using business technology, organising and completing daily work activities, managing personal stress in the workplace, communicating effectively in the workplace, service delivery to customers, environmentally sustainable work practices, and computer related skills. Cody Clarke Edwards, a young local Aboriginal student based in Alice Springs said he is excited to commence in a role at the Northern Territory Government Fleet Services in Alice Springs. “This is what attracted me to undertake this course as I am learning hands on Business skills and my lecturers are very helpful with answering any questions. It is worth studying the Business course at Batchelor Institute because I am learning on the job skills and hope to do well at my future workplace”, Cody said.

Seraphina Cavanagh said the Business Certificate is providing her with the skills she requires for a role with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service.“I am learning computer skills, communication skills to deliver excellent customer service, and other skills. I couldn’t imagine progressing into employment without the help from my lecturers”. “Batchelor Institute provides a culturally appropriate workplace where my Aboriginal knowledge and cultural values are respected and I get to develop business skills in demand. I would like to encourage Aboriginal people to enquire with Batchelor Institute about their education and training needs that could benefit them to enter into employment”, Seraphina said.

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