Indigenous Training & Employment
As part of the acquisition of Ayers Rock Resort, the ILC established an Indigenous Training and Employment Strategy with the aim to employ one hundred Indigenous trainees at the Resort each year and to work towards fifty percent Indigenous employment by 2018.
To help achieve this, the ILC established an Indigenous Engagement Team, responsible for the Indigenous Traineeship Program and working closely with Human Resources to provide specialist services in recruiting and retaining Indigenous people.
The National Indigenous Training Academy delivers accredited training to Ayers Rock Resort’s Indigenous trainees in partnership with William Angliss Institute and Charles Darwin University.
In addition to the Traineeship Program, the Engagement Team also works to foster strong relationships with the local communities, deliver training opportunities to local Indigenous residents through the Real Jobs program and to develop opportunities for local Indigenous entrepreneurs to supply goods and services to the Resort.
INDIGENOUS TRAINEESHIP PROGRAM
The Indigenous Traineeship Program commenced in October 2011 and offers trainees the opportunity to graduate with a Certificate II and III in Hospitality or Tourism.
The National Indigenous Training Academy delivers the enterprise based training model that provides an industry based approach to training people on the job. The trainees are placed according to their preference in positions across the Resort including housekeeping, retail, porters, food and beverage, landscaping, maintenance, trades, laundry, administration and reception.
The Academy prides itself on developing flexible training to suit individual learning needs and offers intensive support and mentoring, and assistance in numeracy and literacy.
All Graduates are offered full-time employment with Ayers Rock Resort or are assisted with finding employment in the tourism and hospitality sectors across Australia.
The Academy at Yulara nurtures a close working relationship with the Sydney-based National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). The provision of a memorable and quality cultural and environmental tourism experience at Uluru is the primary focus at Ayers Rock Resort. This is supported by unique Indigenous employment opportunities and industry-accredited training programs for Indigenous people.
Creating opportunities for Indigenous Australians
At the end of 2017, Voyages reached a milestone of 40% Indigenous employment at Ayers Rock Resort. Over 350 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees were working across the Resort including 81 trainees and 272 employees.
The National Indigenous Training Academy has to date celebrated 295 graduations of its trainees. Around a quarter are currently still employed at the Resort and many more are continuing their careers in the tourism and hospitality industry across Australia.
Additionally, Voyages works with the local Aboriginal communities to provide employment, training and business opportunities.