There is an amazing story about education and training unfolding in a remote community tucked away in the Tanami Desert. This is driven by Warlpiri people and their aspirations for adult learning and Ros Bauer, Literacy and Learning Advisor to the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), has dedicated the last several years to this incredibly worthwhile venture.
WYDAC has again secured a three year contract for the adult learning centre in Yuendumu, now known as the Pina Pina Jarrinjaku which means ‘coming together to learn’; with the vision to make it the best adult learning facility in the Northern Territory. “The Centre is pivotal in supporting Warlpiri people access a range of VET qualifications, develop bilingual literacy skills and strengthen the English language skills required to participate in the economy and reach their full potential,” said Ros.
Ros runs and manages her own business, Ros Bauer Adult Literacy Services, and is the driving force behind the delivery of programs to support vulnerable people and help reverse the cycle of poverty and disadvantage that can be a consequence of low literacy and language skills. With a Master of Education and several other VET qualifications to her credit, Ros also invests in her own learning to ensure currency and build her professional credentials. Her success in doing this was recognised by her award of the inaugural Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.
“VET has been a career dream for me,” said Ros. “I have been able to combine the best of both worlds—university qualifications to gain depth of teaching practice and methodology—and VET qualifications to gain extra skills and working knowledge of my sector. With the recent addition of higher level VET qualifications, the sector is providing very robust, high quality and professional credentialing for LLN practitioners.”
Ros is now keen to give back to the sector and as a member of the VET Alumni is determined to do everything she can to support and encourage others to consider VET as a “first choice” pathway.
“While there is still some old-fashioned thinking around that VET is for people who can’t get into university you only have to look at the calibre of people who graced the stage of the Australian Training Awards to see how outdated that is,” said Ros. “Each and every person was inspiring, expert and consummately professional. They were a great representative sample of the talent that abounds across VET and we should rightly be proud of the outstanding products the sector is turning out.”
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