14 December 2018
iBase has worked closely with North Regional TAFE (NR TAFE) to deliver a Cert III in Admin/Accounts recently. The course is delivered face to face at the Kununurra campus and includes block delivery of MYOB training. On completion of the Cert III students will have the opportunity to enrol in Cert IV Accounting and become Certified Bookkeepers.
Previously the only mode of delivery had been distance learning which has its own challenges and few if any students were able to complete the course. There are so many Indigenous organisations and businesses in the region who require skilled Bookkeepers and it makes sense to train locals in bookkeeping as opposed to continuously recruiting Bookkeepers from outside of Kununurra.
For those students who want to go on to studying an accounting degree, iBase have been building a relationship with Richard Hurst from Indigenous Accountants Australia. Richard advises students on pathways and scholarships to access the degree. There are over 200,000 Accountants in Australia and less than 40 identify as Indigenous (https://www.indigenousaccountants.com.au/about-us/).
iBase are currently in discussions with NR TAFE about holding face to face MYOB training in Halls Creek as well as Kununurra. Any Indigenous residents from Wyndham to Halls Creek who have a passion for bookkeeping and would like to study the Cert III or the Cert IV can email Joyce Routledge at firstname.lastname@example.org .