Workshop A - 24th November 2014, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Providing students with a supportive framework to improve outcomes

Indigenous students often find it difficult to remain engaged and motivated to achieve their full potential due to a variety of complex and differing issues. Dysfunctional family structures, mental health issues and learning difficulties all contribute to the disengagement of Indigenous students. This workshop will focus on tailored initiatives that address key barriers affecting Indigenous students, offering pathways to future education or employment.



Why attend this workshop?

  • Develop innovative support strategies to overcome barriers and maintain engagement
  • Understand how to implement a comprehensive networking strategy within secondary school and community
  • Build transitional plans through student centred aspirations

What you will take away by attending

  • Strategies to develop a meaningful student support program
  • Tools to construct an effective networking strategy for students
  • Techniques to secure a transitional plan to further education or employment
Alisha Britten
Senior IYCP Mentor
JobCo. Employment Services
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Alisha is a proud Yorta Yorta woman from North/West Victoria, who has been working with JobCo. Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) Program since January 2013. An accomplished VIT registered Teacher, Alisha understands her students, and what is expected of them to complete a school based traineeship or apprenticeship. Alisha brings a passion for Indigenous Education and meaningful Employment outcomes for Aboriginal people at a Community level. As a role model for young people, particularly young women, Alisha is admired by her students for her strength in her Cultural Identity, her cross cultural capacity and commitment to the Community she serves.


As a Senior IYCP Mentor/ Support Worker, Alisha provides team leadership, ICYP program development and program coordination.


Julia Tilley
Program Manager
JobCo. Employment Services
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Born in Melbourne, Julia has been JobCo.’s Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) Program Manager since 2012. She brings to the contract 25 years general community counselling experience including experience working in other Indigenous groups internationally. Julia is passionate about Mental Health and Indigenous models of Social and


Emotional Wellbeing


She has a sound understanding of the complex needs and concerns that surround Aboriginal students, families and Communities in Victoria. “As a non Indigenous woman I believe cultural competency is a road to travel with heartfelt respect, an open ear and a willingness to learn. I am privileged and humbled to work with the Aboriginal Elders and Leaders who mentor and advise me, and equally privileged to work with three strong Aboriginal women working within the IYCP program, whose skilful work within Victoria’s Education System and Aboriginal Communities, I respect and admire.”

Workshop B - Thursday 27th November 2014, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Engagement strategies between communities & organisations

Cross- cultural engagement between Indigenous Communities and organisations is a critical component of improving educational outcomes for students. By improving engagement strategies between communities and your organisation you can help assist students in achieving to their best ability. This workshop will address the essential processes necessary in building sustainable and meaningful relationships that ultimately secure the success of students.



Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand protocols and processes for effective engagement
  • Develop an awareness of cultural difference and perspective
  • Strategies to implement a family inclusive framework when planning educational processes



What you will take away by attending

  • How to strengthen your capacity to build sustainable relationships
  • How to utilise available resources to improve educational outcomes for students
  • How to overcome engagement barriers to achieve results
Amanda Nissen
Executive Director
Indigenous Support Services

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