The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) was founded on the principle of increasing employment and economic opportunity for Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
ALPA’s operations include 25 remote retail stores, an enterprise registered training organisation, the delivery of employment services and community-based social enterprises. Its registered training organisation arm delivers Certificates I to IV in Retail Services and up to 100 trainees are employed at any given time in the retail group.
Now one of the largest Indigenous organisations in the nation, ALPA employs around 930 people of which over 80 per cent are Indigenous Australians. A large part of its success is the commitment in investing in quality training for its staff, which includes operating its own retail training school.
To date, more than 1500 ALPA trainees have completed retail traineeships in the remote communities where ALPA operates. ALPA believes better training opportunities leads to increased employment opportunities and real jobs in communities.