VERTO Celebrates First Graduates FROM Junior Tidda Tradies Program

Eight young Indigenous women have graduated from the Junior Tidda Tradies initiative, a part of not-for-profit employment and training services provider VERTO’s Youth Indigenous Leadership Program. 

Operating in three Central Western New South Wales schools - Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Bowen Primary School, and Glenroi Heights Public School - the program has been running since 2015 and aims to foster educational success and practical skill development among Aboriginal school students.

The Junior Tidda Tradies program is a derivative of Tidda Tradies, a program inviting school students’ mothers and carers to engage in workshops focused on home maintenance, offering lessons in practical skills like hanging a picture, painting a wall, or fixing a door. This specialised junior version equips younger Indigenous women with similar skills, alongside valuable training provided by TAFE.

"Tidda Tradies is an embodiment of empowerment and skill-building within our Indigenous communities, we are grateful for this great community partnership with TAFE to foster the next generation’s growth into strong leaders,” creator of the program and VERTO Indigenous Advancement Strategy Coordinator, Mary Croaker said.

“We're incredibly proud to see the younger generation of Indigenous women embrace these practical skills through the Junior Tidda Tradies program."

The word 'Tidda' translates to 'Sister' in Wiradjuri language, with the program imparting essential skills and fostering a sense of community and cultural pride among participants.

The graduation ceremony was held at Winhanganha on Monday and celebrated the achievements of the program’s participants, marking a milestone in their journey of learning.

“Tidda Tradies is a wonderful addition to the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program and helps deliver participants with real-life skills and long-term sustainable outcomes, while allowing local Indigenous women to build important connections,” VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said. 

Junior Tidda Tradies meets fortnightly on Thursday mornings during school terms at the current Women’s Shed space at the rear of Wangarang.