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Aboriginal careers hub opens in Western Sydney

A new $2 million NSW Government education and careers hub for Aboriginal students has opened in Western Sydney.

NSW Minister for Skills and Training, Alister Henskens said the Greater Western Sydney Opportunity Hub aimed to equip Aboriginal students from Year Five to 12 with the confidence and knowledge needed for their transition between secondary school, further education and employment.

“The Greater Western Sydney Opportunity Hub will help give young Aboriginal students a strong foundation so they can reach their aspirations and plan their pathway to their dream career,” Mr Henskens said.

“The new facility will operate as a central point for coordinating local employment and education including training opportunities for students in a large area of Sydney.

“Staff will provide one-on-one support and resources tailored to the needs of Aboriginal students which include encouraging attendance at school and mentoring for twelve months after leaving school to help promote transition to further education and employment opportunities.”

The Government says the Greater Western Sydney Opportunity Hub will build partnerships between schools, employers, education and training providers and the local community.

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell said the support of the local community would go a long way in helping Aboriginal students in the region.

“The Greater Western Sydney Opportunity Hub works with schools, careers advisors and local services to provide support programs and workshops to help Aboriginal students feel more engaged and empowered in their learning,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We’re talking about a place where Aboriginal students in Western Sydney can secure a brighter future.”

KARI Foundation is an Aboriginal community service selected to meet the needs of the eleven LGAs in the opportunity hub program.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Ben Franklin said Hub locations have been selected in consultation with local Aboriginal communities.

“The Greater Western Sydney Opportunity Hub will empower young Aboriginal people by offering substantial employment, quality education and training opportunities,” Mr Franklin said.

There are currently five similar facilities operational across NSW including Campbelltown, Dubbo, Liverpool, Tamworth and the Upper Hunter.

For more information, visit OCHRE Opportunity Hubs.

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