Education and employment issues for Indigenous Australians in remote regions: A case study of a mining company initiative

Education and employment issues for Indigenous Australians in remote regions: A case study of a mining company initiative Journal Article

Journal of Human Values

  • Author(s): Pearson, Cecil A.L., Daff, Sandra
  • Published: 2010
  • Volume: 16

Abstract: Despite government policy and initiatives for remote areas, indigenous people are amongst the most disadvantaged and do exhibit higher levels of unemployment in the Australian community. A number of commentators have suggested that better educational opportunities for this minority group will considerably improve their socio-economic status and employment opportunities. This myth is exposed in this article, which reports evidence from an educational–vocational programme for Yolngu who are the indigenous people of East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Arnhem Learning Education and Regional Training (ALERT) programme is conducted, mainly at Nhunlunbuy, in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan and the Charles Darwin University, with the primary objective of preparing indigenous people for mainstream sustainable jobs. The presented content suggests that while higher educational status is important, this sole strategy is unlikely to comprehensively address outstanding issues that are confronting indigenous people and their labour market concerns.

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Pearson, Cecil A.L., Daff, Sandra, 2010, Education and employment issues for Indigenous Australians in remote regions: A case study of a mining company initiative, Volume:16, Journal Article, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13310.

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