30 students from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’s (NCIE) Koori Job Ready Program will graduate from their eight week Certificate courses in hospitality and construction tomorrow.

Their formal graduation ceremony takes place at Yaama Dhiyaan Centre, 255 Wilson Street , Darlington starting at 10am.  Family and friends will gather to celebrate the achievements as each of the students will be awarded their certificates.  Some of the graduates will go on to work for big mining companies, major hotels, airlines or maybe even start their own businesses.  Aunty Beryl Van Oploo is an Elder one of the Founders of  KJR’s hospitality course.

“When they come here I say, this is your journey.  You need to think about what you want to do after the eight weeks.   Then, after two weeks I see the changes. They’re quiet when they start and then you see them plan their goals and taking their next steps,” said Aunty Beryl.

The NCIE’s KJRprogram is a fully owned and operated Indigenous provider of accredited training and mentoring services and job broker that lead to career pathways and employment opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers. Fred Briggs is the Head Construction Teacher at the Les Tobler Construction Centre of KJR.

“Our students come from all walks of life.   Some never had the confidence to go into a workplace and our course gives them the knowledge and ultimately the confidence to walk out of here and be ready for employment,” said Fred.

The Redfern based program has been running for eight years and supplies the industry with much needed quality trained and hard working Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

This graduation means the next round of enrolments is now open for courses beginning on the 5th of May.  An Information Day for potential students will be held on April 23rd at the Yaama Dhiyaan Centre.

For more details: http://ncie.org.au/events/event/120/koori-job-ready-information-day

For all media enquiries and downloadable images contact:

Luke Briscoe, at the NCIE on 0407 773 259; luke.briscoe@ncie.org.au