Two unique opportunities have recently been offered to Aboriginal students at the Port Pirie Tafe campus, in an aim to give students the right mindset when thinking about their futures.
For the first time, the SACE Aboriginal Student Pathways Roadshow made a stop in Pirie, at the same time, a three-day workshop involving front end loaders and skid steers was also running.
Across the two programs, about 70 students from St Mark's College, Peterborough High School, Clare High School and John Pirie Secondary School learned about work pathways, machinery operations and education pathways.
The Director of the Aboriginal Access Centre for Tafe SA explained how beneficial the day was to students in more ways than one.
"It was great to have this workshop running at the same time as the SACE roadshow because the role modelling that was demonstrated by seeing training in action, as well as the pride of the Tafe students involved, created a positive experience for all," he said.
The roadshow was opened by local Nukunu elder, Doug Turner who provided a welcome to country and then elaborated on his journey through life, study and work.
Additional to the day were local Aboriginal champions Kriston Thompson, Rubina Hall and Brianna Keenear who engaged the group with stories about their study, work experiences and pathways.
The workshop, being held at the same time as the roadshow visit aimed at providing students the theory and practical operations of machinery to an industry standard.
It was run by lecturer Peter Marshall who worked with the students to provide qualifications and experience needed for a variety of local industries including construction, mining, agriculture, horticulture, civil works and small business.