Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Phil Guthrie has been recognised for his efforts in Aboriginal education.
Mr Guthrie has been nominated for the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association’s annual Wurreker Awards.
The awards highlight growing success in Koori education and training and showcase great role models in the community and inspire others to reach their potential.
Mr Guthrie’s award nomination focuses on his work with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education.
He is the program’s teaching, learning and training co-ordinator and continues to grow in his role by completing a Certificate III in Fitness and level two AFL coaching qualifications.
Mr Guthrie was humble about his nomination.
‘‘I feel very privileged to work with the Aboriginal community in Shepparton; they’ve given me a lot more than I’ve ever given back,’’ he said.
Mr Guthrie has no expectation of winning the award, but said it was nice to be acknowledged for his work.
‘‘It’s an honour to be nominated and what will be, will be,’’ he said.
‘‘We know what we’re trying to achieve as a team here and that’s our motivation.’’
The institute has also been nominated for the Wurreker Awards as a training provider for innovative Koorie Learner Pathways.
One initiative featured in the application was the Regional Indigenous Skills to Employment Program, known as RISE.
RISE Two was launched this year as a revised program to increase educational pathways to employment in the health industry for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The institute developed the course in partnership with Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative to help provide students with a clear pathway opportunity to a health career.
The Wurreker Awards night was last night.