Opportunity Hubs

Opportunity Hubs aim to provide Aboriginal young people with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between secondary school and further education and/or employment. To achieve this outcome, Opportunity Hubs are building partnerships between schools, employers, education and training providers and the local community to coordinate and match employment, training and further education opportunities to individual students’ aspirations.

Non-government Opportunity Hub service providers have been contracted to coordinate and broker links with schools, employers, training providers, support services and Aboriginal communities, to deliver improved outcomes for Aboriginal young people, including increased:

  • Participation and retention at school;
  • Aspiration and expectation of career pathways for Aboriginal students;
  • Post-school enrolment in further education and training; and
  • Placement in sustainable jobs.

Four locations have been chosen for the initial establishment of Opportunity Hubs: Upper Hunter; Campbelltown; Dubbo; and Tamworth.

These sites were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Existence of strong Aboriginal leadership;
  • Significant or growing proportion of Aboriginal students in school populations;
  • Real and sustainable employment opportunities;
  • Real opportunities for NGO and business sector buy-in;
  • Available career champions and mentors; and
  • VET or tertiary education providers.

The establishment of Opportunity Hubs followed extensive consultations with local Aboriginal communities and education and training stakeholders within the Opportunity Hub regions. A tender process was conducted to select the Opportunity Hub service providers. The successful contractors are:


Campbelltown

MTC Australia
Contact Laura Bradburn
T: 1300 232 663 or 0434 603 311
E: lbradburn@mtcaustralia.com.au

Dubbo

TAFE Western Institute, Dubbo College
Contact Jamie Sampson
T: (02) 6883 3699
E: jamie.sampson@tafensw.edu.au

Tamworth

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council
Contact Fiona Snape
T: (02) 6766 9028
E: tamworth.lalc@bigpond.com

Upper Hunter

Aboriginal Employment Strategy Limited
Contact Leanne Ellis
T: 0417 037 481
E: leanne.ellis@aes.org.au

Want to know more?

Should you have questions relating to Opportunity Hubs please forward your query to the nominated contact officer in State Training Services:

Mr David Morrant
Email: david.morrant@industry.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9244 5374

Relevant Weblinks
Information about State Training Services can be found at: www.training.nsw.gov.au
A Fact Sheet can be downloaded here.


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