24 September, 2019

On Thursday 26th of September 2019 Tocal College Yanco Campus is celebrating 30 years of training from the Aboriginal Rural Training Program.

About the ARTP

ARTP has delivered culturally aware vocational education to Aboriginal people in NSW and other states since 1989. It aims to build confidence in Aboriginal people and provide them with the skills and qualifications to apply for jobs.

The Aboriginal Rural Training Program partners with businesses, schools, community groups and government departments to meet the training needs of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal trainers run courses on-site, in communities, on rural properties, and at the Yanco Campus. This is negotiated in consultation with Aboriginal people and community leadership, so that social and economic needs such as cultural appropriateness, reduction of financial barriers, and creation of suitable learning environments are met. Issues such as preferred learning styles, appropriate learning environments, instructional strategies, learner activities, student support, teaching staff, and course content are also addressed during course development.

Principal of Tocal College Darren Bayley notes "What sets the ARTP apart is the ongoing role Aboriginal communities, both rural and remote, have played in initiating the program, and in continually shaping and refining it. This is not only reflected in its history, but in the awards the program has received. In addition, we are proud that the majority of trainers over the 30 years have been Aboriginal. This means cultural awareness, understanding, and connection to country and community are always at the forefront."

“The success of the ARTP can be seen in its graduates, connection to community, the quality of its training, and its reputation. But surely success can also be seen in longevity – 30 years strong in an operating environment of constant change. The need for the ARTP as a specialist program remains. May it continue to thrive for many years to come.”

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    Vicki Magann: (02) 6951 2511

Aboriginal artwork