Aboriginal students to benefit from innovative new program

A new initiative will see Aboriginal students in Campbelltown and Tamworth receive personalised and practical support to stay in school and prepare for a successful transition to further education and employment.

The Department of Education and Communities is seeking Expressions of Interest from non-government organisations to operate ‘Opportunity Hubs' in Campbelltown and Tamworth.

Designed to coordinate Aboriginal students' aspirations with local education, training and employment opportunities, Opportunity Hubs are part of the NSW Government's plan for Aboriginal affairs – OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment).

The Opportunity Hubs will assess the aspirations of Aboriginal students between Years 5 and 12 and match them with local opportunities including employment, training, mentoring, scholarships or volunteer work.

Through brokering partnerships between local employers, universities and TAFEs, the hubs will build young Aboriginal people's capability to stay at school, be confident and to build strong futures.

The progress of the students will be tracked after they leave school so that the outcomes of this initiative can be monitored.

Organisations interested in operating an Opportunity Hub in Campbelltown or Tamworth have until 9:30 AM on 14 November to lodge an Expression of Interest at www.tenders.NSW.gov.au/det.

Campbelltown and Tamworth join Dubbo and the Upper Hunter as locations selected to host Opportunity Hubs due to strong Aboriginal leadership, employment opportunities and a significant number of Aboriginal students at local schools.

Expression of interest briefing session

Tamworth

Monday, 21 October 2013, 1.30pm – 3:00pm
Aboriginal Affairs Tamworth Regional Office, 2/180 Peel Street, Tamworth.

Campbelltown

Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 11:00am – 12.30pm
Aboriginal Affairs  Sydney Regional Office, Level 13, Tower B, Centennial Plaza, 280 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills.

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