UoM and CareerTrackers 10 x 10 Program partnership launched

May 16 / 182

Murrup Barak staff celebrating their agreement with CareerTrackers.
Murrup Barak staff celebrating their agreement with CareerTrackers.

The University of Melbourne has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with CareerTrackers to support employment outcomes for Indigenous students.

Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development and CareerTrackers have for a number of years worked together to support career development and employment outcomes for Indigenous students.

However, Murrup Barak was last year invited by CareerTrackers CEO and Founder Michael Combs to formalise their existing relationship through their 10 x 10 Program. 

The Relationship Plan underpinning the agreement aims to provide a sustainable framework to support Indigenous students achieve successful employment outcomes during and following their time at University. It also aims to create a community of students who share common aspirations, and create role models to inspire future generations of tertiary students. 

Australian Government statistics show that on a national level there are increasing numbers of Indigenous students moving into further study soon after completing year 12. This is clearly evident at the University of Melbourne, where we have the highest number of enrolments this year in all our history, bringing the current cohort of Indigenous students to 294.

Internship opportunities and support through CareerTrackers will assist Indigenous students with their personal development and career aspirations. Overall the number of student registrations with CareerTrackers is expected to increase per semester each year as our cohort of Indigenous students continues to grow.

Charles O’Leary, the Associate Director of Murrup Barak says Career Trackers are to be commended for providing transformative experiences to Indigenous Australian students.

“Programs such as these support Murrup Barak’s student enrichment agenda by providing Indigenous students with experiences that increase their social capital and networks, enabling them to secure employment of choice at the completion of their studies,” Mr O’Leary says.

The University was presented with a Knowledge Tree as a partnership gift to symbolise the exchange of knowledge and opportunities between both organisations, and current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Story by Daniel Little.


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