TAFE report card on reconciliation
“The Reconciliation Action Plan we launched a year ago this week includes some ambitious goals for closing the gap in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and in recent months we’ve been checking our progress at local gatherings of staff, students and community representatives,” North Coast TAFE Institute Director Elizabeth McGregor said.
“We’ve seen more Aboriginal people enrolling in programs in job and industry growth areas and more Aboriginal students completing courses."
The report highlights an outstanding response from schools, students, communities and TAFE staff to the offering of short TAFE taster courses across many campuses as part of North Coast TAFE’s successful Aboriginal youth pathways activities, such as the Deadly Days Festivals and V-Tracks.
Enrolments in these courses have been a significant factor in the 16% overall increase in Aboriginal enrolments over the past year.
“There is still much to be done. We need to increase the proportion of our teachers who are Aboriginal and the proportion of Aboriginal students going on to higher level TAFE certificates and diplomas - as we know that those with these qualifications are much more likely to get and keep a job, both in the good times and the downturns. We also need more staff from our organisation and industry developing Aboriginal cultural competence, so that the workplaces everywhere, including ours, can engage effectively with Aboriginal people and communities,” said Ms McGregor.
The Reconciliation Action Plan and the North Coast TAFE RAP newsletter, containing the annual report card, are available from North Coast TAFE.