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Group graduates from Shell Prelude to the Future

By Leanne Miles

Graduates of the first Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program Graduates of the first Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program

A group of 20 graduates has received their certificates after successfully completing the Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program at Charles Darwin University.

The program was designed to develop the skills of Territorians seeking opportunities in the resources, construction, and oil and gas industries and to generate sustainable employment opportunities for young people who are experiencing disadvantage.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said CDU was pleased to be a key player in the partnership program alongside Shell Prelude LNG Project, the NT Government, and apprentice employer GTNT.

“I’m proud of the students for the commitment they have given to making the most of the opportunity this program has provided for their futures,” Professor Maddocks said.

“CDU staff have been committed to supporting these students and their development. It has been a great team effort between all parties.”

The partnership program takes mechanically minded students through the first year of their automotive apprenticeship in just six months. Students also undertake qualifications in a number of related areas to broaden their skill base.

Automotive and Civil Team Leader Leith Darrach said staff had worked to ensure participants received the support required to complete the program by providing trade options and customised learning opportunities.  

“Participants have been working with CDU vocational and education staff to complete work-based projects at the university to gain the skills and confidence they need to come out of the six-month program as fully skilled first year apprentices,” Mr Darrach said.

“Alongside work-readiness, staff have also mentored the students in the importance of work ethic and commitment to the job.”

Through CDU participants learnt how to operate a forklift, work in a confined space and on an elevated platform, and they also begin their Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology course. They also received literacy and numeracy support as needed.