PTAC has engaged a high school teacher, Paul Bulley, as our Vocational Education & Training Coordinator to establish short courses for high school kids in Tjuntjuntjara. Paul comes with a raft of experience, having worked at Warburton and Murtitjulu in remote communities to the north. He's qualified as a Cert IV Trainer and Assessor and is currently working with RTOs to establish two Cert I training courses.
Paul will stay in Tjuntjuntjara to coordinate the VET training around 18 weeks a year but we are hoping to build on this success and expand his role and training opportunities in partnership with the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School and through Tjuntjuntjara's Education Commiteee.
Check out the Generosity Project Paul and the VET trainees are doing with the Community Store. We now have a beautiful sign at the front of the store to welcome everyone. Fathers working with their sons and lots of interest in doing the artwork and learning important vocational skills, including sign writing, digital media and the all important generosity principle that makes remote communities tick!
Its interesting watching our VET project evolve. As a Commonwealth-funded Children and Schooling initiative through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) the project is funded by the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. We struggled initially finding the right person to coordinate the project but everyone is now excited with the teacher's arrival. Training has commenced in mid-March with a Cert I in Information, Digital Media and Technology, a school-based training course that will enable Paul to teach students who have been missing school and want a pathway to further education and work. There is also a Cert I in Community Services (work readiness) commencing and Paul is working closely with Nadia, the Spinifex Health Service's Youth Worker in Tjuntjuntjara, to continue training when he is not in community.
By working with the high school students and their parents and immediate family members, Paul is designing a project that will meet the school and community's need for a School and Community Education web site. PTAC already has a Youth Program Facebook page but no School website!
Watch this space and we'll bring you more news on our VET training and projects soon!