Indigenous Education and Employment

​About our Indigenous Programmes

ICAE has conducted many short training programmes in remote communities, including Security Guarding, First Aid, Crowd Controlling, and Hospitality Skills.

ICAE has delivered successful Workplace English, Literacy and Learning (WELL) programmes in communities, engaging participants in literacy and language education that relates directly to their employment, empowering participants with greater language ability in their workplace.

We deliver Business Administration training to a number of New Apprentices and Trainees employed in remote community councils, utilising a range of delivery mechanisms including face-to-face, self-paced workbooks and online.

Structured Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

ICAE has delivered a number of very successful STEP programmes since 2000. STEP is aimed at introducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people back into the workplace, and is made up of four weeks job education, which includes:

Communication
Interview techniques
Updating resumes
Teambuilding
Goal setting

Following this, participants are given the opportunity to complete nationally accredited qualifications in:

Hospitality
Tourism
Business administration
Security
First aid
Retail

Participants undertake four weeks of structured work experience throughout the program with host employers and then are job-matched with appropriate employers to secure employment. Once employed, the International College of Advanced Education mentors participants in the workforce, ensuring their successful transition back into full-time employment.

More than 80% of participants who have completed the ICAE programmes have gone on to further study or were offered work in a range of enterprises and industries including hospitality, tourism, commercial cookery, retail, and office administration. ICAE STEP programmes are acknowledged as achieving amongst the best employment and training outcomes of any STEP programmes in Australia.

Indigenous Employment Programmes

Two of ICAE’s most successful indigenous employment programmes were conducted in 2002 and 2003 at the Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn at Jabiru, Northern Territory. During these programmes ICAE delivered education towards Certificate II in Hospitality (Operations) and Tourism (Guiding).

35 students commenced the programmes over the two years, and 28 were offered positions at the Intercontinental Hotels Group properties in the Kakadu Park region. These results rank these IEP programmes amongst the most successful in Australia.

ICAE also has a history of innovative educational programmes such as the Aquaculture course delivered to crocodile catchers in Arnhemland and tourism training in remote Mt Borradale.