The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People provides mentoring services for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the workplace.

Mentors are chosen because of their experience and acceptance within Aboriginal communities.

The Mentor role

Aboriginal mentors:

  • guide, counsel and support the Aboriginal apprentice or trainee
  • visit the work or training place if needed
  • talk to employers, supervisors and trainers
  • assist the Aboriginal apprentice or trainee to access other forms of support
  • maintain regular contact with the Aboriginal apprentice or trainee until they are deemed to no longer need assistance.

Looking for an Aboriginal Mentor?

There is now a simple process for accessing an Aboriginal mentor under The Way Ahead program. All you need to do is complete the online referral form and hit the submit button. The Aboriginal Services team will do the rest. Requests can be made by Aboriginal apprentices or trainees, parents, employers, Australian Apprenticeships Centres or Registered Training providers.

Program information

Contact your local Training Services NSW office Ph: 13 28 11 to arrange a mentor through The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People mentoring program.

Applying to become an Aboriginal Mentor

Training Services NSW, Aboriginal Services employ Aboriginal mentors on a casual basis to provide mentoring support to Aboriginal learners (apprentices/trainees). Please read the Way Ahead for Aboriginal People guidelines above, before completing an application form.

To apply to become an Aboriginal mentor you will need to complete the following forms:

Additionally, you will also need to provide:

  • Proof of Identity (Documents signed and witnessed by a Justice of the Peace or equivalent person) – refer to NSW Department of Industry Proof of Identity [195Kb Pdf]
  • An up to date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Proof of Aboriginality

Further to this, you will need to have an understanding of the Department of Industry's Code of Conduct.

It is a condition of The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People mentoring program that mentors are an Aboriginal Person. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is, authorised by section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977.

It is an offence for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for this position. All mentor applications will be assessed by an assessment panel.

Completed applications need to be emailed to the following address:
Attention: Program Coordinator

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For more information and assistance:

For further information on this program, please contact:
Program Coordinator: Neil Davies
Direct Phone: (02) 6629 7919
Mobile: 0429 322 814

Page last updated: 15 March 2019