Aboriginal Student Culinary Career Immersion
A NSW Aboriginal Student Career Immersion program in Dubbo brought together Aboriginal High School students for culture and culinary skills training.
A group of Aboriginal students from across NSW got a healthy taste of a career in the hospitality industry via a week-long “immersion” program in Dubbo.
The NSW Aboriginal Student Career Immersion program was designed to inspire the career aspirations for Aboriginal high school students to successfully transition into post-school apprenticeships.
The program gathered 22 Aboriginal students from 11 regional schools who worked closely over the week with Aboriginal chef Malarie Webster to develop the hospitality skills required to host a bush tucker inspired gala dinner at Dubbo’s Rhino Lodge.
The students also participated in masterclasses with education and wellbeing officer, Cecil See; chefs Adam Moore and Lee Cecchin; founder of Dreamtime Tuka Herb Smith, and local Aboriginal artist Bobby Mackay who worked with participants to produce a mural reflecting their journey.
Besides being exposed to the hospitality trades, the immersion program also saw students participate in cultural activities with Elders and Cultural Leaders, ranging from foraging and plant identification at Western Plains Zoo
They also spent time on Country and sharing stories through art workshops with a local Aboriginal artist.