Yuendumu Graduation NT

Early Childhood Education and Care Industry Roundtables were held across regional and remote Australia to assist the childcare and early learning sector meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Fifteen young women from the remote Central Australian community of Yuendumu have graduated with qualifications in Community Services studies with the help of the Australian Government.

Yuendumu, with a population of 850, is about 400 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

The Community Services training, with emphasis on the delivery of support services to mothers and families with young children, was delivered by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. It was a direct result of a series of Early Childhood Education and Care Round Tables conducted in Alice Springs.

Qualifications from Certificate I to III, and an advanced diploma were recognised during a Jobs Expo and community activities night at the Yuendumu community centre on 2 May 2013.

The night was organised by the Yuendumu School and the Walpri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation with support from the department’s Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Coordinator, Ren Kelly.

Over 450 adults and children attended the event, celebrating the hard work the graduates put into obtaining their certificates and diploma with a night of music, dancing, food, entertainment and an opportunity to meet with employers, training organisations and employment service providers.