NWMC has been offering support to the Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Limited (ABCFL) at a community level since early 2017. This support has predominantly come in the form of labour hire and logistical support to ABC Foundation staff on the ground in Tom Price.
With the use of NWMC material and equipment we are able to lend a hand with various projects such as On-Country clean ups in support of ABC’s “Don’t Rubbish Country” campaign and delivery of secondhand school desks (donated by Tom Price Primary School) distributed to all Ranger4Life students in the Wakuthuni community who have been regularly attending school.
During the inaugural year it became apparent that NWMC and ABC shared a similar vision in further developing a collaborative relationship. In the back half of 2017 we began the process of formalising a strategic alliance and became affiliate partners early 2018.
One of our biggest achievements to date is the co-sponsorship of the ABC On-Country Education Bus. The bus is used to ferry children from school to On-Country Education programs and also to and from surrounding communities and bush classrooms to traditional school. With its elaborate graphic design, showcasing the local Karijini National Park and one of the most popular Ranger4Life mascots the Jankurna (Emu), the bus was an instant hit and school attendance noticeably increased as the kids could not contain their enthusiasm for simply getting to ride in it.
The major goal of the Alliance is to create a program for work-based training opportunities for local Aboriginal Children. NWMC will provide ABC’s High School aged children with work experience opportunities within our organisation. Ultimately, we seek to develop an apprenticeship pathway that sees a transition from ABC’s On-Country Custodian Program (15-18 years) to a trade apprenticeship or office-based traineeship with NWMC.
NWMC is proud to be able to support ABC in their mission of a better future for Aboriginal children. As we see the kids graduate from one On-Country program to the next we see a step closer to closing the gap. The more children we can get to attend school, be it a traditional classroom or or bush classroom the more chance these children have of gaining successful employment as adults.
Together we can achieve
- Increase Aboriginal education outcomes in Tom Price
- Create Aboriginal training and employment opportunities in Tom Price
Through the following objectives:
- Building an Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy that links ABCFL education and training
- initiatives to NWMC training and employment outcomes, including school-based trainees, trainees/
- apprentices and cadets;
- Build capacity of NWMC to improve cultural inclusion and create a diverse workforce through
- organisational support offered by ABCFL; and,
- Build capacity of ABCFL to improve its social, environmental and economic outcomes to Aboriginal
- people through NWMC sponsorship and donations.
Training and Employment
Working in partnership with the Tom Price High School and its RTO, ABCFL will identify suitable students
that can apply for placement opportunities for a minimum of two years with NWMC:
- Hosted placement opportunities for school-based trainees;
- Host placement opportunities for traineeships and apprenticeships and/or cadetships; and/or
- Other training and employment opportunities identified through ABC On-Country Employment.