Indigenous pathways education project

The Indigenous Pathways Program aims to improve educational and employment outcomes for indigenous students in years 9 to 12. Its goals include:

  • helping indigenous students to have an effective transition into meaningful training, further education, or employment
  • increasing coordination and collaboration between post-compulsory training and education providers
  • promoting a holistic approach to supporting young people in training, education and employment
  • supporting cultural identity, through self-growth and cultural learning
  • providing opportunities to build confidence and skills to realise aspirations in education, employment and pathways
  • improve retention, engagement and Year 12 completion. 

A four-stage program

Each year this program has four stages (one per school term), which include:

  1. talking to the students, their families, educators and careers teachers to establish a link with school and establish pathways
  2. a local celebration day for students to witness and engage in a variety of indigenous cultural activities and workshops
  3. an intensive 5-day Koorie Worlds of Work Program, which prepares young people for work
  4. helping indigenous young people to secure work experience places, traineeships, school based apprenticeships, further education, etc.

The Indigenous Pathways Program was launched in 2007. It is an initiative of the four LLENs in the Hume region and the former Hume Region (now North-East) Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

Celebration days

We formed a partnership with NE TRACKS LLEN, DEECD, DPCD, GO TAFE and local Indigenous leaders to deliver local celebration days for indigenous students and families across the Hume Region. These successful days have included workshops about artefacts with Melbourne Museum, careers with Victoria Police, Indigenous sport with the Academy of Sports, Health and Education (ASHE), careers and try-a-trade activities with GO TAFE.

Celebration Day 2010

In 2010 we hosted a Celebration Day at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre. More than 130 students attended.

Celebration Day 2011

In 2011, students from Seymour, Wallan and Alexandra attended a celebration day hosted by NE TRACKS LLEN in Mansfield at the Sporting Complex.

Celebration Day 2012

On Tuesday, 29th May 2012, the Central Ranges Local Learning & Employment Network Inc in partnership with the North East Tracks LLEN hosted a Celebration Day as part of the Koorie Pathways Program.

More than 80 people attended Celebration Day 2012, held at the Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre. Students from Alexandra Secondary College, Broadford Secondary College, Seymour College, St Mary’s College, Assumption College and Wallan Secondary College mixed with students from Benalla, Wangaratta, Euroa and Mansfield.

Those who attended participated in a range of activities designed to promote both the careers and pathways focus of the day and a celebration of indigenous culture. The day began in spectacular fashion with our student MC, Kane Franklin (Wallan S.C) introducing performances by both the WANNIK and MRP dancers from Mooroopna Secondary College.

Some of the workshops and activities available to students throughout the day included:

  • Boomerang design and painting
  • Quilt painting based on dreamtime stories
  • Traditional Games run by ASHE
  • Automotive and Allied Health from GO TAFE
  • Design and printing workshop from North East Publishing

The day concluded with Sarah Hill, a student from Euroa Secondary College speaking about her involvement in the World of Work (WOW) program as both participant and mentor.

Special mention must go to the GO TAFE Seymour hospitality staff and students who did a fantastic job in providing us all with a delicious BBQ lunch. Also to Seymour Football Netball Club for the generous use of their barbecue.

Overall the day was a great success, with many positive comments coming from both staff and students. One student believed the best part about the day was “Being free to do culture with friends”.

The Central Ranges LLEN would like to acknowledge the support of GOTAFE, Mitchell Shire Council and the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development for providing funding to support this great initiative, as well as the many organisations and individuals who became part of the organising committee and worked tirelessly in preparation for the day.

This Celebration Day forms only part of the Koorie Pathways Program. Towards the end of the year, a number of students will have the opportunity to participate in a 5 day Worlds of Work (WOW) program run in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians.

Click here for Celebration Day flyer 2012

See the photos of the 2010 and 2011 Celebration Day’s below:

Celebration Day 2013

In 2013, Students from Mitchell & Murrindindi Shire attended Celebration Day in Benalla at the Benalla Community Arts Centre along with other students from the North East Region.

The Cultural Careers Celebration Day aims to provide Secondary Koorie students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of training and employment options, engage with inspirational Koorie speakers and participate in a range of cultural activities and celebrations.

Click here for Celebration Day Flyer 2013

Get involved

If you are interested in being part of the Indigenous Pathways Program please contact us on 03 57811014.