Swinburne recognises NAIDOC award winner

Monday 18 July 2016

Lea Jones stands next to Nora Young, the recipient of the Youth Employment and Education award.

Lea Jones stands next to Nora Young, the recipient of the Youth Employment and Education award

In summary

  • Nora Young receives award at NAIDOC ball
  • The Youth Employment and Education Award is sponsored by Swinburne
  • Ms Young was offered a permanent job by Jetstar

Swinburne sponsored NAIDOC award-winner Nora Young is flying high after landing a job with Jetstar and paving the way for a new Indigenous scholarship in aviation.

Ms Young was awarded the Indigenous Youth Employment and Education Award by a Swinburne panel this July at the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) NAIDOC ball.

Swinburne, along with other local organisations, financially sponsor the EMR NAIDOC Ball 

The Indigenous Youth Employment and Education Award is sponsored by Swinburne with a panel acknowledging the great achievements and future leaders of the indigenous community. 

 A group of Swinburne staff at the NAIDOC Ball

Studying a Certificate II in Aviation through Aviation Australia, Ms Young achieved high grades across all her subjects and led her class through Cabin Crew training. Her hard work was recognised by Jetstar and on assessment day they offered her a permanent position.

Ms Young’s study was funded by a partnership between Whitelion and The Altara Group, while her success has inspired the partnership to agree upon an annual scholarship for other interested Indigenous people.

“Nora is clearly a quiet, strong young leader,” Swinburne Indigenous Liaison Officer Lea Jones says.  

“Her leadership and pride in her Aboriginality continues to inspire our young people and she is a great example of what is possible when given a chance with the right supports in place.”

Ms Young will act as a mentor for future scholarship recipients and the partnership is currently considering naming the scholarship after her.