bubup wilam awarded victorian employer of the year


Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Early Learning Child and Family Centre awarded ‘Victorian Employer of the year’

August 27, 2016

Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Early Learning Child and Family Centre have been awarded the distinguished ‘Victorian Employer of the year Award’ in the Medium Employer category for 2016.

The award was announced at the Victorian Training Awards last night and acknowledges the outstanding achievements by Bubup Wilam not just in the early learning arena, but in employment and education.

The award was accepted by the CEO, Ms Lisa Thorpe who acknowledged the staff, families and Board for the outstanding passion and commitment to improving the lives of the 75 families currently being supported by the organisation.

Bubup Wilam is not simply a children and family centre, but is committed to training and employment of Aboriginal people. This Award recognises the significant contribution they make to achieving opportunities for Aboriginal people, who are under-represented in the wider job market.

Bubup Wilam provides a unique training program developed through an Aboriginal lens. They provide opportunities to develop skills and build our future Aboriginal leadership. A true example of self-determination, whilst ensuring they meet the existing standards required for Certificate or Diploma level qualification attainment.

Ms Thorpe said last night…

’This approach ensures we have the skills on the ground to deal with the complexities by ensuring our staff have the depth of knowledge required to implement the unique trauma informed early years program’.

The Bubup Wilam model is based on international and national evidence that demonstrates that for every $1.00 spent in early years per child, there is a $16.14 saving later in life.

The purpose built, state of the art centre in Thomastown provides holistic services for Aboriginal children ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years.

Lisa Thorpe said ‘Our program embraces, addresses and ensures positive change for Aboriginal children and families in areas such as Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol, Children in Out of Home Care, Incarceration, Educational attendance, school transition and holistic Health and Wellbeing. All of these align to international research outcomes, is trauma informed and has been described as exemplary and innovative in its design.

A parent whose child attends Bubup Wilam said:

‘Bubup means more than words can describe. Bubup has done so much for my children and my  family. My kids learn their culture. My kids are helped with any learning difficulties. Bubup is the only consistent thing in my kids lives’.

Children and families being able to take the lead role in self-determining their own future through the supports Bubup Wilam provides is critical to reducing the gap in Aboriginal outcomes.

Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Inc was established through the Close the Gap National Partnership Agreement between the State and Commonwealth Governments and opened officially in January 2012.

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