'role Model' Trainee Picks Up Naidoc Award

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‘Role model’ trainee picks up NAIDOC award 


Dianne Fleming juggles work, study and motherhood – and now she can add

Trainee of the Year to her list of achievements.


Ms Fleming works in RMIT University’s Ngarara Willim Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Centre as an Administration Officer, through the 370 Degrees Group.


She celebrated NAIDOC Week by winning the Department of Education,

Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Victorian State Traineeship

Employment Award for 2009 in the Participant Achievement Award category. There

was a record field of 13 entrants in her category.


“I’m delighted and honoured to win this award,” Ms Fleming said. “I finished my

Certificate III in Administration through RMIT’s Business TAFE School in seven

months, rather than 12. And now I’m undertaking my Certificate IV.


“My next step is to get my management skills through RMIT and get a job here and

further my career in education.”


Ms Fleming receives three hours’ tutoring a week through the Indigenous Tutorial

Assistance Scheme and, in turn, tutors a student undertaking the Certificate III

program.


Life has changed a great deal for Ms Fleming (nee Dixon), who left her home town

of Narrabri, NSW, seven years ago to find work in Melbourne.


“There aren’t many opportunities for Aboriginal people in Narrabri,” she said. “All it

offers is seasonal cotton work, the dole or Aboriginal art.


“Now I’ve become a role model. Other people can come as far I’ve done. My

message would be: when you get an opportunity, take it, grab it and run with it.”


Ngarara Willim Manager, Stuart McFarlane, congratulated Ms Fleming. “It’s a

fabulous result for Dianne.


“And it sums up what Ngarara Willim is about – giving our people a chance to pick

up training in a mainstream environment while still providing supportive, ongoing

cultural immersion with directional leadership for our trainee staff like Dianne.”


For interviews or comment: Dianne Fleming, (03) 9925 4885, or Stuart

McFarlane, (03) 9925 4886.


For general media enquiries, RMIT University Communications, David Glanz,

(03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.


High-resolution pix available on request.

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