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Indigenous Trainees Graduate From Army Development Program

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Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell DSC AM addressing AIDP trainees at the 2016 graduation ceremony

 

On Friday August 26th, Batchelor Institute celebrated the graduation of 33 trainees from the Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP).

AIDP is run in partnership with the Australian Army, combining educational initiatives with the army’s induction training to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruits.

The highly successful program has been credited with significantly increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers within the army, with the last round of trainees bringing the number of Indigenous people in defence to more than 500 for the first time since World War II.

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell DSC AM attended the ceremony, speaking to the graduates about their important accomplishments.

“You have overcome considerable challenges, it is a long and tough course. But you have achieved great things,” said Lieutenant General Campbell.

“I want you to know I am very proud of you, I know your families are very proud of you and the Australian Army is delighted to see you join our mob with your mob for the benefit of this great nation. Congratulations”.

Elder and Batchelor Institute Executive Advisor Academic and Cultural Leadership Dr. Sue Stanton then spoke to the crowd about her experiences as a young Kungarakan Aboriginal woman and about Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins, encouraging the Indigenous graduates to continue on their journey.

Director of Enterprise and Employment Pathways Kim Davis also acknowledged the graduate trainees’ success and all the hard work that has gone into the program through this unique partnership between Batchelor Institute and the Australian Army.

The AIDP program is nominated for the Industry Collaboration of the Year at the 2016 NT Training Awards, which will be held on Saturday 10 September 2016.

The trainees graduated with a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. Course electives included complying with infection prevention and control policies and procedures, providing First Aid  and how to work safely in the construction industry. 

Congratulations to all the AIDP trainees.

You can see more from the ceremony in the image slideshow below.