Issue 13
Monday, 14 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Aerial view of the Gulkula Regional Training Centre accommodation facility. Image: Rio Tinto
Aerial view of the Gulkula Regional Training Centre accommodation facility. Image: Rio Tinto

New work-ready program underway in Nhulunbuy

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University’s innovative new adult learning program to skill the next generation mining workforce kicks off with orientation week in Nhulunbuy today.

Vocational Education and Training executive officer Barbara Cram said the work-readiness program had been specially designed for adult learners in East Arnhem Land.

“It’s a broad, flexible 17-week program that combines theory and practice, and which we believe has the potential to transform the lives of our students,” Mrs Cram said.

“One of the features is the industry taster component where participants are offered hands-on opportunities to learn about key employment opportunities in mining, construction, civil engineering, business and cookery.

“There will be an emphasis on work health and safety and we will offer work-readiness activities as well as language literacy and numeracy support.

“Students will also have the opportunity to acquire a white card or even a heavy vehicle driver’s licence over the course of the next six months.”

Mrs Cram said the program had been developed by the Gumatj Corporation in Nhulunbuy and would be delivered at the Gulkula Regional Training Centre with the support of Anglicare, AANT, employers and other agencies.

“It’s an exciting new concept for regional education that we expect will prepare young Yolngu men and women for ongoing employment and success in life.”