Evaluation of the Aboriginal Training and Employment Program

Project area: Evaluation
Sector: Diversity, Equity and Access – Indigenous
Client: Department of Training and Workforce Development

Miles Morgan evaluated the Aboriginal Training and Employment Program in WA, which is funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and delivered in partnership with not-for-profit organisations (grantees) in regions without Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs).

The project involved the complex evaluation of a program designed to support the learning and transition process of learners who are often disadvantaged in relation to the mainstream employment and training market.

The evaluation methodology entailed:

  • review of program data
  • on-site consultations in 4 regions (the Great Southern, Peel, the Pilbara and the Wheatbelt) with service providers, clients, and industry and community stakeholders
  • survey of client satisfaction with the program
  • detailed case studies of each of the services in the regions

Through the analysis of program data, consultation findings, and survey responses, the final report provided significant insights into the operation of the program, and targeted responses to the established research questions. The final report also formulated recommendations for the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the program, which was found to be having a significant impact upon the employability of Aboriginal people in the regions where it was operating.

The findings of the report are now being utilised as the basis of further dialogue between the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the regional service providers in order to further refine and enhance the program’s operation and effectiveness.

This project demonstrates our ability to work effectively across different regional contexts, and the ability to work productively and collaboratively with Aboriginal service providers and communities to achieve project outcomes.

 

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