Unique delivery of Vocational Pathways certificate to remote Cape York community

Published:29 June 2018

Trainer Cheryll Koop (centre) with Lutonya Creek (left) and Olive Platt, who have completed a CQUni Certificate I Skills for Vocational Pathways in the community of Coen in North Queensland.

CQUniversity has pioneered a unique collaboration with Cape York Employment to deliver a Certificate I Skills for Vocational Pathways* to eight students in the remote Indigenous community of Coen.

Setting the project apart was the face-to-face delivery and involvement of CQUniversity's Community Aspirations Program in Education (CAP-ED)**.

CAP-ED Community Engagement Officer Kristen Pearson delivered a three-day workshop called 'CQU and Me' at Coen in both 2016 and 2017.

These workshops provided strategies to assist with building self-confidence and identification of study pathways, while listening about what study services or assistance could be offered.

Feedback from participants indicated a need to develop literacy and numeracy skills, to assist in further study.

CAP-ED Project Officer Tasha Lamey says the CAP-ED Project Team engaged a specialised teacher to deliver the qualification for CQUniversity on a face-to-face basis, while tailoring it to the students' needs.

"The benefits of face-to-face delivery is that the course included culturally-relevant content and delivery, to facilitate success and build capacity," Ms Lamey says.

"There has been a gap in delivering face-to-face numeracy and literacy education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking to study at TAFE or university.

"Having CQUniversity Community Engagement officers working in regional and remote communities is important, as it encourages people in the community to see that education is possible and that we have been able to assist them through every stage of their journey."

*  This qualification is designed for individuals who are looking to prepare for a vocational pathway qualification or foundation skills development before applying for further education opportunities at TAFE or university.

**  The CAP-ED program is a CQUniversity initiative funded through the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).