There are plenty of ways to learn — but nothing quite compares to hands-on mentorship and experience. Voyages’ NITA program supports developing the Indigenous workforce in Australia’s Red Centre through on-the-job training. This allows trainees to gain invaluable professional experience and foster life skills they’ll carry with them for years to come.

Interested in learning more about NITA? Read on for a primer, then dive into this information booklet to start the application process.

 

So, What IS NITA?

At Ayers Rock Resort, we strive to show visitors elements of Indigenous Australia from an authentic standpoint. Growing our Indigenous workforce is key to this success, and NITA supports this goal, as well as aboriginal Australians in developing and refining hospitality, tourism, and horticulture-related skills.

Through a one-of-a-kind training program, taught in partnership with William Angliss Institute and Charles Darwin University, NITA encourages youth to evolve their professional experience and eventually thrive in hospitality & tourism, horticulture, or retail careers.

 

Why Did Voyages Start NITA?

We are privileged to operate in some of Australia’s most stunning, yet sensitive ecosystems and culturally significant locations. And through programs like NITA, we commit to protecting and further enhancing the environment and ecosystem surrounding Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

NITA is an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to connect with the local community while receiving quality, career-focused education. It’s a win-win situation for Voyages. We watch the Indigenous workforce grow and prosper, all while teaching trainees skills to jumpstart their career (and offering them employment opportunities post-graduation).

 

What Kind of Careers Can You Start with NITA?

NITA offers a range of courses focused on three areas: Hospitality, Retail, and Horticulture. Refine your reception and administrative skills by working in a hands-on, fast-paced environment. Develop a knack for communication by working alongside experienced guest services personnel. NITA programs have produced talented gardeners, masterful food and beverage attendants, knowledgeable retail experts, and more. There’s no limit to where your skills take you when you have NITA certification under your belt.

 

Who is NITA for?

NITA traineeships are available to anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. This 12-month traineeship is designed for people who have a passion for hospitality, tourism, and the region’s unique culture and history.

 

How Long is the NITA Program?

The NITA program runs for 12 months — one full calendar year. During this time, participants get hands-on work experience in their area of choice on the resort.

 

What’s Doing the NITA Program Like?

NITA isn’t a standard training program. Trainees live on-site, participating in programs and activities beyond the traditional hospitality, retail, and horticulture-focused courses. Activities like trivia, cooking, gardening, art and language classes, and book clubs make on-site living feel just like home. Beyond extracurriculars like these, trainees can enjoy health and fitness programs as well as indoor and outdoor sports.

For many past NITA participants, meeting new people is often cited as one of the best parts of the program. Graduate Jordii says, “I enjoyed meeting Mob from different areas and learning more about their ways because all I had known at the time was my own culture and practices.”

 

How Do I Apply?

Ready to apply for NITA? Start the conversation by applying through our website. Adventure awaits, and who knows, once you experience what it’s like to be a part of the Voyages team, you may never leave!

And if you’d like to learn more, be sure to check out our recent Q&A with a NITA Trainer and participant.