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Learning Pathways for Economic Enterprise in Remote Aboriginal Communities: Are Certificate IIIs the ticket?

McRae-Williams, Eva and Guenther, John Ch. (2014). Learning Pathways for Economic Enterprise in Remote Aboriginal Communities: Are Certificate IIIs the ticket?. In: AVETRA 17th Annual Conference, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 22-24 April 2014.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB302
Author McRae-Williams, Eva
Guenther, John Ch.
Title Learning Pathways for Economic Enterprise in Remote Aboriginal Communities: Are Certificate IIIs the ticket?
Conference Name AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Conference Location Surfers Paradise, QLD
Conference Dates 22-24 April 2014
Conference Publication Title AVETRA 17th Annual Conference Proceedings : Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)
Publication Year 2014
Volume Number 1
ISBN 9780980527537   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 13
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
For many of us, when conjuring up a picture of very remote Aboriginal Australia, our images are drawn from a common storehouse of disadvantage, where the consequences of low levels of education, and high rates of unemployment, shade the environment with unpleasant tones. From this position it is not difficult to see why ‘closing the gap’ in education and employment outcomes directs our future imagining for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. If only we could get more people finishing school, achieving VET qualifications at certificate three or above then in the future more people would be able to get jobs, and their lives would reflect something better. But is this picture one that has been built up from the evidence or one that is more rooted in the ground
of common and often unquestioned assumptions? Is holding a certificate the most valid or effective ticket needed for supporting people along their livelihood pathways? As part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (NintiOne)
‘Pathways to Employment’ project, this paper will provide a brief snap shot of remote Australia using the 2011 Census Data. By reviewing current VET qualifications and industry profiles questions will be raised about the assumed positive link between for
mal qualification and employment outcomes. This link with be further problematised through drawing on case study findings associated with a non-formal, non-accredited learning approach to microenterprise development in very remote Aboriginal Australia. Arguing that much of the VET sector is shaped by certain employment centric values which see human capital delivery
models privileged, this paper highlights the significance of more holistic vocational and adult education models which acknowledge local agency and place the development of social and identity capital at their core. The paper will conclude by emphasising the need for the national VET system to re-imagine its role in remote Aboriginal communities from primarily the delivery of human capital competencies to the facilitation of learning spaces that build identity and agency.
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