The Wurreker Strategy for Koorie people in Vocational Education and Training supports students, the development of pathways and drives change to ensure VET training reflects Koorie community needs and aspirations. Wurreker is a key enabler for implementation of The Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI), works as the principal partner with the Department of Education and Training, to achieve successful outcomes for Koorie learners under Marrung.
The annual Wurreker Awards celebrate how high quality training can open up new training and employment directions for Koorie people. Through the Awards VAEAI recognises students, trainers, training providers and employers who have made an outstanding contribution to the continued success of Koorie people in their studies and careers. These individual and collective efforts provide an inspiring example of what can be achieved in our communities through innovation, collaboration and partnerships in post-compulsory education and training.
The 2018 annual Wurreker awards night will be held at the Aborigines Advancement League, with over 200 invited guests attending, including the Minster for Higher Education and Skills the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP. The achievements of Koorie individuals and organisations working in the VET sector will be recognised, with winners across 10 award categories celebrated. The night will feature inspiring Aboriginal entertainment, and food catered by social enterprise Charcoal Lane restaurant.