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Our North, whose future: What is the scope for Aboriginal workforce development?


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Eva McRae-Williams and John Guenther presented at the Developing Northern Australia 2016 conference in Darwin, 20-22 June.

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Our North, whose future: What is the scope for Aboriginal workforce development?

  1. 1. Our North, whose future: What is the scope for Aboriginal workforce development? Eva McRae-Williams & John Guenther
  2. 2. Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) Regional Economies • Population, Mobility and Labour Markets • Enduring Community Value from Mining • Climate Change Adaption and Energy Futures Enterprise Development • Aboriginal Cultural Enterprise • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Economies • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Product • Carbon Economies in Remote Australia • Plant Business • Precision Pastoral Management Tools Investing in People • Interplay Project • Remote Education Systems • Pathways to Employment See:
  3. 3. RES PROJECT 2011-2016 1. What is education for in remote Australia and what can/should it achieve? 2. What defines ‘successful’ educational outcomes from the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoint? 3. How does teaching need to change in order to achieve ‘success’ is defined by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoint? 4. What would an effective education system in remote Australia look like? PATHWAYS PROJECT 2012-2016 1. How do Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people residing in very remote Australia navigate their way into meaningful livelihoods? 2. What kinds of work might help to support sustainable livelihood outcomes? 3. What kinds of learning could support meaningful livelihood agendas, aspirations and pathways?
  4. 4. Where remote is not far away at all • Some cool pictures….
  5. 5. Jobs aplenty – but for who? 16395 236 27411 -561 1729 8780 -5000 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 Employed Unemployed Total population Changeinpopulation Non-Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  6. 6. No ‘Real’ Jobs in Very Remote Australia? Total number of jobs (place of enumeration): 106, 437 Indigenous non-Indigenous not stated
  7. 7. Very Remote Employees Without Qualification Up to Cert II Cert III & IV Diploma + Source ABS (2011) see Guenther and McRae-Williams (2014) for breakdowns per industry
  8. 8. Problems with the engineered ‘pathway’
  9. 9. A Schooling Training B Employment ? Picture?
  10. 10. A Employment B Schooling Training Education Life-long learning
  11. 11. Avoiding more of the same  becoming creative • Avoid falling into othering traps which perpetuate myths and false stereotypes • Power through local governance and leadership • Engagement for mutual benefit • Learning that builds local capacities • Recognise local standpoints • Valuing mixed economies • Value for money experiences, not work for the dole • Work that leads to training, not the other way around • Decolonising labour force strategies