E-News Issue 4
Monday, 07 June 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Apprentice Electricians and Engineering - Fabrication Trade apprentices have completed the Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program at Charles Darwin University.
Apprentice Electricians and Engineering - Fabrication Trade apprentices have completed the Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program at Charles Darwin University.

Bright future for apprentices nearing graduation

In just a few weeks, 10 apprentice Electricians and 10 Engineering - Fabrication Trade apprentices are expected to graduate from Charles Darwin University (CDU) after successfully completing the Prelude to the Future Apprenticeship Program.

The students are split into two cohorts completing either a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or a Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade. The program is designed to develop the skills of Territorians wanting to work in their chosen field and to generate ongoing, sustainable employment.

VET Team Leader - Electrotechnology and Plumbing, Brett Willowhite, said the University was pleased to be a key player in the program partnered with Shell Prelude LNG Project, the NT Government, and apprentice employer GTNT.

“This program is all about creating employment and training opportunities for Territorians by offering a sustainable employment pathway and addressing skill shortages that exist in the Territory,” Mr Willowhite said.

“CDU staff have been committed to supporting these students and their development. It has been a great team effort between all parties, and we are proud of the students for the commitment they have given to making the most of the opportunity this program has provided for their future careers."

This program involves intensive training under an apprenticeship program that includes work placement under the nationally recognised Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician qualification.

“Students have been working 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," he said. 

“Alongside work-readiness and safety being priorities, staff have also mentored the students in the importance of work ethics and commitment to the job."