TAFE NSW has welcomed its first group of students to a new Certificate III in Cultural Tourism designed exclusively for Aboriginal students and cultural tourism operators.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the new course, being taught through the Tenterfield Connected Learning Centre, is a unique pilot program customised to address the training needs of Aboriginal students and communities.

“This is a unique training opportunity for Aboriginal students looking to begin their careers in the booming cultural tourism industry,” Mr George said.

“The Certificate III in Cultural Tourism has been developed by TAFE NSW in consultation with Local Aboriginal Lands Councils across Northern NSW and cultural tourism operators.

“The course will equip students with the skills, knowledge and cultural protocols that will see them succeed in the tourism industry.”

Minister for TAFE Adam Marshall said the qualification will give graduates the skills and educational background they’ll need for the tourism jobs of the future.

“This is an example of how TAFE NSW is constantly innovating to meet the training and employment needs of communities and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to TAFE in regional NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“In Tenterfield, the new Connected Learning Centre has opened up a range of exciting new education and training opportunities for the community, including this unique Cultural Tourism course.”

Current student Tracey Stiles is excited about the opportunities this new course represents.

“I am currently doing my family tree in Tenterfield. I would like to learn more about tourism so I can add more into my community and by doing this, I will be able learn, teach and bring life to our culture that I am proud to be a part of - my home my heart.

“I want to teach and learn about our beautiful land and show the world that we have amazing ways of life; to keep our journey alive and to showcase our communities in a respectful way; and to be able to bring our culture into the world no one has ever been able to see or be invited to,” she said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.