As the end of the year approaches, it is only natural to take some time to reflect and look back at our triumphs and challenges throughout 2017.
The board acknowledges there were some significant changes to our funding as VET Student Loans changed and budgets were reduced. Marr Mooditj has such a rich history and has now entered its 35th year. We have a legacy to protect and will ensure the organisation is viable and thriving in the decades to come. It has been through adaptation, and strategic planning that Marr Mooditj has enjoyed another successful year in face of these new challenges.
In looking to provide Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander with even more employment prospects we reviewed our core purpose, and recognised there was an opportunity to provide a valuable course to the community. Marr Mooditj as a result created our SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality program (currently partnered with Allawah) to enable students to study and work in the hospitality industry. This course can lead students to work in a number of establishments including: hospitals; cafes; hotels; and mining sites.
We continue to receive scholarship support for our students enrolled into our Health courses in 2017. This grant comes from the Government of Western Australia, Department of Health, and provides much needed support for our students.
This year saw our buildings go green. To help lessen our carbon footprint, we had solar panels installed and are looking at other solutions to help care for our environment and lower overhead costs.
The crèche facilities being offered to our students has been very active and is a wonderful space to see the children playing and learning while our parent students are in class.
Parenting and studying can be quite challenging, and this service provides a solution for families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to study full time.
The crèche team has worked tenderly, helping create close bonds with all of the children, and providing them with a safe place to learn and develop new skills.
Play is an integral part of our crèche program and it’s clear to see that the children are really enjoying their time there.
With an other successful year of graduating students and work placements, Marr Mooditj Training acknowledges that we would not be able to achieve such positive results or see our students grow both professionally and personally without the other services providers and funding bodies that support us. We rely on our strong relationships with many Mental Health Care and Primary Health Care service providers to host our students during their work placements.
The team working at Marr Mooditj Training are committed to making a genuine connection each and every day with our students and each other. They show their dedication in ways that encourage and support students and their colleagues.
We acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by our strong team and partners of Marr Mooditj, but most of all our students and community for their continued support.
We are looking forward to the start of 2018 and the New Year ahead.
Board of Directors