Reconciliation is an important part of ensuring Australia and all of its citizens heals from acts from the past, and it will not happen overnight. It involves both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together towards the common goal of reconciliation between peoples.
In line with this, our Reconciliation Action Plan outlines how we will improve the opportunities available to Aboriginal people in education, training, and employment. This is done by providing culturally-sensitive education and training, as well as respectful partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on campus and in the workforce, which is included in our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Taking steps towards a TAFE Reconciliation Action Plan means ensuring that Central Regional TAFE prioritises the delivery of education and training programs to students and people, keeping in mind their diverse backgrounds. When Central Regional TAFE was established in April 2016, the College committed to delivering high-quality training and workforce development to Aboriginal students across the Midwest, Gascoyne, Goldfields, and Wheatbelt regions. One of the ways we do this is via our Aboriginal Support Officers that are located in all campuses and are there to support our Aboriginal students while studying and training at Central Regional TAFE.
Our dedication to keeping to a WA Reconciliation Action Plan is also seen within the partnerships we have built with local businesses across the Midwest, Wheatbelt, Gascoyne and Goldfields. Our business partners have provided scholarships to Aboriginal students each year, helping them get into industries in need of capable and competent individuals.
Each year, Central Regional TAFE, with the help of the local community, business partners, and our Aboriginal Support Officers, help Aboriginal students begin their journey towards careers in health, hospitality, mining and resources, just to name a few. This focus on providing much-needed support to Aboriginal students is a true passion of ours at Central Regional TAFE, and the foundation of our Reconciliation Action Plan.