Swan View - In community, by community, for community: preparing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for life beyond school

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has launched a new video series showcasing innovative education and training programs being run nation-wide helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students successfully transition from school to work and study.

At Swan View Senior High School in Western Australia, the Aboriginal Learning Engagement

(ABLE) program is delivering great outcomes for students and local businesses.

It combines three initiatives—Follow the Dream, Flourish and The Clontarf Academy—providing training for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a wide variety of employable skills, as well as building confidence and self-esteem to tackle life’s challenges.

It is a great example of local schools, local training providers and local communities working together to make the most of opportunities for local students.

"I am very impressed with this program and the range of other innovative, grassroots, skills-based initiatives that are producing important results in regional areas," Minister Andrews said.

In programs like this students are being trained in skills that will benefit the community and that also have a real pathway to local work. Its win-win and it’s what the Government’s aim to improve pathways is all about—real skills for real careers.

The video series show some best practice examples of schools, employers and community working collaboratively to transform lives and provide businesses with the skilled workforce they need for future growth.

"It is a great example of local schools, local training organisations and businesses, and local communities working together to make the most of opportunities for local students.

"I am thrilled to see programs delivered in community by community for community making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and delivering real training for real careers," Minister Andrews said.

For more information about this and other supporting resources visit www.pssfw.myskills.gov.au

Fast facts:

Government has allocated around $3 billion for VET in 2018–19.

Includes $1.8 billion in payments to states and territories through the Skilling Australians Fund.

Includes $1.2 billion for the Australian Government’s own programs, such as Australia Apprenticeship Incentives Program, and Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers.

The National Career Education Strategy is under development.

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