- Published: 15 December 2015
The latest class of 31 trainees has graduated from the National Indigenous Training Academy (NITA) based at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory.
Through NITA at the Resort, William Angliss Institute has been delivering nationally accredited training in tourism and hospitality, along with business skills tailored to employment outcomes.
The Indigenous workforce at Ayers Rock Resort has increased from less than one per cent in 2011 to 35 per cent in 2015 thanks to a partnership between specialist training centre William Angliss Institute and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (VITA) at Ayers Rock.
William Angliss Institute manager of national training Karon Hepner, said in 2011 there were two indigenous employees at Ayers Rock Resort and there are now 284.
All trainees are employed in various departments at the resort including the Finance centre, Adult Education Centre, the Town Centre, Technical Services, Guest Activities, across three hotels and the campground.
“Trainees are recruited from all over Australia for the program. It is very rewarding to observe how each trainee’s confidence grows throughout the duration of the program and the opportunities provided for a career in the industry on completion ,” Karon said.
The winner of the William Angliss institute Award for Excellence Keely Hutchison began her traineeship in Sails of the Desert Front office. Her classwork was exemplary throughout her traineeship completing both Certificates 2 and 3 in Hospitality.
“Keely was eager to learn and always willing to help wherever she could. She was always on time and always had a smile. Keely had a good sense of humour and the team really enjoyed having her with them,” Karon said.
Keely has recently taken the position of Administration Officer with the Indigenous Engagement Team and will continue in this role in 2016.
NITA with the Institute delivers training to more than 100 Indigenous trainees each year to complete the option of Certificate II in Hospitality or Tourism and Certificate III in Hospitality.
Indigenous trainees are recruited from across Australia including local communities. Trainees are accommodated at Yulara in dedicated trainee facilities and supported through mentoring and wellbeing programs.
William Angliss Institute also delivers Indigenous training at Mossman Gorge in Queensland and Home Valley Station in Western Australia and Charcoal Lane in Melbourne.