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Top CDU education graduates celebrate with NT Government and CDU staff, including (from left): CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes, and School of Education Head Professor Peter Kell Top CDU education graduates celebrate with NT Government and CDU staff, including (from left): CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Giselle Byrnes, and School of Education Head Professor Peter Kell


Charles Darwin University’s top teaching graduates will be offered permanent working positions as part of a new Northern Territory Government initiative.

NT Minister for Education Peter Chandler said CDU’s best teaching graduates would be offered permanent employment with the NT Department of Education each year from 2014.

Mr Chandler said he launched the initiative to ensure quality teachers remained in the Territory.

He said teacher quality was the key to improving student outcomes and the initiative would ensure the Territory’s best stayed in the region with the security of ongoing employment.

“This new initiative will go a long way to building and maintaining the quality workforce we need to improve outcomes,” Mr Chandler said.

“These teachers are the cream of the crop and I’m more than happy to be able to offer them ongoing employment to ensure their skills, enthusiasm and abilities are used to educate Territory students.”

Mr Chandler said the select teaching graduates would have the opportunity to undertake paid work in the Department of Education over the school holiday period before taking up a position in their new school next year.

“By working in the department over the school holidays, these teachers will be able to learn the role the department plays, understand the relationship with schools and also get across what’s required of them as a teacher,” he said.

“I would like to wish these soon-to-be teachers all the best for their long careers in education and expect they will make a huge difference to many lives.”