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Local Aboriginal Lands Council members benefit from Memorandum of Understanding with TNE

Representatives from Local Aboriginal Lands Councils will meet with TAFE New England staff in Inverell on 16 July to sign an important Memorandum of Understanding which will provide a foundation for the delivery of education and training to participating Local Aboriginal Lands Councils, throughout the New England and North West.

The Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement with 14 Local Aboriginal Lands Councils from as far west as Coonabarabran and North to Tenterfield. The network has in excess of 4,000 members within the communities the councils represent.

TAFE New England has been providing education and training to the members of the Councils in a number of areas including Indigenous Land Management, business acumen, construction, and obtaining drivers’ licences.

From 2014, the Aboriginal Learning Circle commenced the delivery of the Certificate III in Aboriginal Sites Work. This course provides opportunities for Aboriginal students to work within the important area of Aboriginal Cultural Sites identification and preservation and in particular, for students to build on their cultural identity. This type of training and others will feature strongly under the MOU.

TAFE New England Aboriginal Learning Circle Manager, Shaun Allan, said “This Memorandum of Understanding will provide a platform from which both parties will work to deliver quality education and training to the Aboriginal communities we serve.”

“The most important element of the education and training that we provide, is the opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain new skills and knowledge that will assist them in their future journey”, Mr Allan added.

Mr Allan will travel to Inverell with TAFE New England Institute Director, Peter Heilbuth, and Student Services Director, Cheryl Wilson, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding at the Inverell RSM Club on 16 July at 2.00 pm.