Ngurratjuta Training Project
Lornie Multa from Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) is the first trainee to complete her Certificate II in Retail as part of the Ngurratjuta Training Project.
Lornie was awarded her certificate this week at Kanparrka Store and says that now she has finished she is keen to start Certificate III in Retail Management.
“I want to learn to be a supervisor then to be a manager. I am ready to start more training,” says Lornie.
Store manager Dee Micallef has observed the benefits of this certified training.
“Because of the knowledge through this program Lornie is more confident and is an asset to the store. She uses her initiative and is a team member I can depend on,” says Dee.
This project is an initiative of the Ngurratjuta/Pmara Aboriginal Corporation who have partnered with Outback Stores to improve Indigenous employment and training outcomes in remote communities.
Top: Lornie Multa awarded her certificate by Tammy Stephens
Bottom: Dee Micallef, Lornie Multa and Tammy Stephens (left to right)
The trainees are staying long term at the store, they’re learning and understanding more of the retail environment, and are enjoying coming to work.”
– Craig Shaw
Lornie was awarded her certificate this week by Craig Shaw, CDP Manager of Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation, who is pleased with the result of the first year of this project.
“The learning of cultural, shop and computer-based training works hand in hand with jobseekers. The trainees are staying long term at the store, they’re learning and understanding more of the retail environment, and are enjoying coming to work,” says Craig.
The project is based between four nearby communities (Papunya, Nyirripi, Haasts Bluff and Mount Liebig), allowing for continuous training despite the often-transient populations. There are currently nine trainees studying across the four locations.
Training Officer Tammy Stephens is based in Papunya but divides her time between the four communities.
“Lornie has been a pleasure to train. She is dedicated to her job and improving her role at the store. I look forward to training Lornie in the future and watching her achieve her goals,” says Tammy.