Wodonga TAFE Teacher Selected as Finalist in VAEAI 2017 Wurreker Awards

Wodonga TAFE Teacher Selected as Finalist in VAEAI 2017 Wurreker Awards

By Susan Burdett
04 Oct 2017

The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) has congratulated Wodonga Sarah Whitling Teacher TAFE’s Cookery and Patisserie teacher, Sarah Whitling, on being chosen as a finalist in the Teacher/Trainer category of the VAEAI 2017 Wurreker Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony to be held at 6pm, Thursday 5 October 2017 at the Aborigines Advancement League, Thornbury, Victoria.

In her teaching role, Sarah has worked closely with the local Koorie community and Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation to design and implement an innovative ‘Back to Work’ program for Koorie students. The program offers participants an accredited qualification in hospitality with core skills for work, industry awareness activities, and the opportunity to set up and run a social enterprise with community partners and local employers.

Held annually, the Wurreker Awards recognise and celebrate achievements made by individuals, organisations, and training providers, and are an important part of VAEAI’s approach to growing success in Koorie education and training. Wodonga TAFE’s Director of Education and Vocational Services, Ms Janelle Cretney, said the nomination recognises the work that Sarah has put into building ongoing relationships with the Aboriginal community. “The program has provided a great opportunity for students, teachers, Wodonga TAFE’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer, the local community, and Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation to work together to promote Koorie education and employment pathways.”

Wodonga TAFE’s CEO, Mark Dixon, said, “Wodonga TAFE is dedicated to engaging in partnerships and developing learning pathways for all Koorie students that enable them to find enriching knowledge and employment opportunities. Our close engagement with Aboriginal people and organisations together with the guidance they offer to us has positioned our Institute as a recognised culturally-appropriate education provider. This is incredibly important to us and something that we will continue to invest in.”