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May 6, 2016
Northern Futures partnership to boost Indigenous training


For immediate release

February 10 2016


Northern Futures and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative have signed an historic partnership agreement that will increase training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Geelong’s northern suburbs.

Northern Futures Executive Officer, Lou Brazier, and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Op Chief Executive Officer, Rod Jackson, jointly signed the Aboriginal Work and Learning Pathways Project Agreement 2016 on Friday May 6, 2016.

Ms Brazier said The Aboriginal Work and Learning Pathways Project establishes a collaborative and targeted partnership betweenNorthern Futures and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Op, drawing on the strengths of the Northern Futures demand-led employment and training model.

“I am very excited about this partnership. By focusing on the specific needs of Indigenous job seekers we can better prepare them for pre-brokered jobs with Northern Futures’ industry partners,” Ms Brazier said. “It is fantastic to be able to use home-grown solutions to solve problems such as access to training and employment.”

Mr Jackson said a key priority for Wathaurong was to improve opportunities and choices for Aboriginal jobseekers and the partnership with Northern Futures was a major step forward in that process: “This partnership will support the role of an Aboriginal Work and Learning Centre Advisor who will work closely with Indigenous jobseekers, identify their training needs and support them as they become job ready and transition into the workforce.”

Federal Member for Corio Richard Marles attended the historic signing, describing the collaboration as a natural partnership between two strong entities of Geelong’s north.

“When we established Northern Futures in 2007 the aim was to build economic capacity throughout the 3214 suburbs. This partnership ensures a more direct focus on the needs of Indigenous jobseekers to ensure they benefit fully from Northern Futures’ nationally recognised training and employment model,” Mr Marles said.


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