Indigenous Training & Employment
Voyages aims to grow the Indigenous workforce at Ayers Rock Resort and has several strategies in place to recruit, retain and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.
One of the key strategies to build the Indigenous workforce is providing industry recognised, accredited, enterprise based training through Voyages National Indigenous Training Academy.
INDIGENOUS TRAINEESHIP PROGRAM
The Indigenous Traineeship Program commenced in 2011 and provides accredited training to meet the needs of the tourism and hospitality industry. Qualifications can range from a Certificate III in Hospitality, Certificate III in Tourism, Certificate III in Retail or Certificate II in Horticulture.
Trainees are employed by Voyages while undertaking their traineeship and live in dedicated accommodation to support them living and working in Yulara. Trainees are supported both on and off the job to ensure their success in the program. Trainees who successfully complete their qualifications are guaranteed ongoing employment with Voyages or within the wider tourism industry with Voyages employment partners.
Trainee intakes occur around every six weeks and trainees are recruited locally and from across Australia.
INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
The National Indigenous Training Academy also offers leadership programs to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees working at Ayers Rock Resort. The Step Up program provides accredited supervisory training and the Indigenous Future Leaders program provides accredited management training.
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.
By June 2018, the National Indigenous Training Academy had celebrated over 340 trainees graduating with industry recognised qualifications. 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.