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Indigenous training academy celebrates graduates

The National Indigenous Training Academy at Ayers Rock Resort celebrated the graduation of 34 Indigenous trainees from its one-year program on Saturday.

It represents the largest graduation group since the Academy first opened in November 2011.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism managing director, Koos Klein, revealed that 25 of the graduates have taken up full-time empoyment at the resort, with the remainder opting to use their new skills and and qualifications in positions closer to home.

"These graduates represent one of our core objectives at Ayers Rock Resort and their success is an inspiration to us all," he said.

Over the past year, the trainees worked across all areas of the resort including retail, landscaping, housekeeping, food and beverage, reception and administration.

""The 34 graduates wore hand-painted tabards created by women from Mutitjulu who take part in an inititative called Real Jobs which allows them to work within their own community. Each graduate will sign their name on the tabard and return it to the Academy to be passed on to future graduates.

""Jasmine Stadhams, Aimee Reynolds and Tahlia Ahoy receive recognition of their completion of the Indigenous Traineeship Program.

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