Several REDI.E staff members have completed a Statement of Attainment in Responding to Cultural Sensitivities - as part of the pathway to Certificate III in Aboriginal Mentoring.
The course was delivered through Microsoft Teams over several weeks, with two hour sessions, one day per week.
The purpose of the course is to prepare learners to mentor Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in order to support employment outcomes.
The course is aimed at people who may be interested in mentoring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people - and provide them with the tools to work as a mentor.
It is hoped the course will help communities by supporting access to employment and employment retention for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
CDP Compliance Coordinator Courtney Richards completed the course alongside other staff members.
She says everyone thought the course was really informative and eye opening.
‘There were staff members from our Brewarrina, Dubbo and Bourke offices - as well as representatives from some other organisations. Every single person attending believed the course was incredibly valuable, and should be made available to the community,’ she said.
‘The content was really engaging and relevant. It went through what life can be like for an Aboriginal person, what many of them experience, the challenges they often face - and how to mentor all of those issues.’
‘It gave us a really clear understanding of these issues from an outside perspective.’
REDI.E is in the process of working with TAFE NSW to organise for this course to be delivered to all REDI.E sites and programs. As part of our long term plan, we are aiming to deliver this course to our clients and program participants as well.
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.