Budda-Jitja is a computer-based, mentored pre-employment training program designed to assist employers with employing, retaining and integrating Indigenous staff into their workplace.
Literally meaning “Brother, Sister”, the program was designed specifically for Indigenous people to deliver training in many basic life and work skills that most of us take for granted.
Budda-Jitja’s development was based on proven adult-learning methodologies to deliver interactive learning including:
- the use of animated Indigenous mentors as well as ‘buddas’ and ‘jitjas’ to increase empathy and present information in an informal, non-threatening environment .
- the use of Indigenous vernacular to make users more comfortable with the material and create a fun learning environment,
- self-paced, hands-on exercises that allow users to “learn by doing”, and.
- assessments that check the user’s understanding of concepts presented.
The Budda-Jitja Pre-Employment Basic Skills training program was developed by a team of Indigenous mentors and adult e-learning specialists from Omni Asia Pacific.
Since Budda-Jitja’s launch in June 2008:
- over 10,000 Indigenous job seekers have completed one or more Budda-Jitja Modules
- over 49,000 Budda-Jitja modules have been completed
- over 1500 employers have successfully employed and retained Indigenous staff
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Angus Knight Reconciliation Plan
As a program within the Angus Knight Group, Budda-Jitja acknowledges our achievements for reconciliation to date and sets new goals and outcomes to support and achieve further reconciliation within our workplaces and the communities in which we operate. Read the Angus Knight Reconciliation Action Plan 2013 - 2014 (pdf).