Issue 5
Monday, 06 July 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Lecturer Wendy Blight, Mia Broome, Roz Jani, John Parfitt, Stacia Rice, Paige Morris and Shaneal Chong
From left: Lecturer Wendy Blight, Mia Broome, Roz Jani, John Parfitt, Stacia Rice, Paige Morris and Shaneal Chong

Bright future for Business graduates

By Patrick Nelson

The future is bright for six VET Business graduates who have been honoured in a presentation ceremony at Alice Springs campus, the first such event shaped by COVID-19’s “new normal”.

Lecturer Wendy Blight said that each individual within the “exceptional cohort” had been equipped with foundational skills relevant for placements that they would now fulfil in NT Government departments.

One of the graduates, Alice Springs local Mia Broome, has accepted a 12-month traineeship in the Department of the Chief Minister as a business administration officer.

“There were some awkward moments of silence at the start, and the challenges of COVID-19 were unexpected, but the opportunities created by those challenges could not have been greater,” Mia said. “We have emerged with confidence, new skills and knowledge.”

CDU delivered the Certificate II in Business as part of the Aboriginal Employment Program, an initiative of the NT Government to encourage Indigenous Australians to seek employment with the public sector.

Ms Blight said the 20-week program comprised classroom training, work experience, and each student was supported by a mentor.

“The course was designed for students to develop an understanding of teamwork, workplace compliance, safety, sustainability and business technology,” she said.

“We were delighted with their high level of commitment and enthusiasm. Most of them see this as an early step in a life-long learning and personal development journey, and some have already enrolled in further education."

Ms Blight said for many the program was a life-changing experience and they all deserved a pat on the back for a job well done.

“And if I may borrow the words of my Business Central Education Manager Teresa Schwellnus who quipped of this group: ‘Their future is so bright the world had better wear sunglasses’,” she said.