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Work experience program inspires students

By Leanne Coleman

Marrara Christian College students Noressa Hall and Pun Pun Wees learn printmaking techniques at a workshop at CDU’s Northern Editions Marrara Christian College students Noressa Hall and Pun Pun Wees learn printmaking techniques at a workshop at CDU’s Northern Editions

A group of students from all over the NT has spent a week finding out what it is like to work or study at Charles Darwin University as part of the Indigenous Work Experience Program.

The program gave the Year 10 students the opportunity to observe university life, work processes, and learn about the skills required for the workforce including communications skills and basic employment duties.

Indigenous Programs Consultant Pieta Denholm said the program was designed to give the students a taste of what it might be like for them to work or study at CDU.

“As well as taking up work experience placements all over the university, the students attended hands on workshops, talks from guest speakers and different tours around the campus,” Ms Denholm said.

Marrara Christian College student Pun Pun Wees, from Goulburn Island completed her work placement with CDU community radio station Territory FM. She said the program had inspired her to study with CDU in the future.

“My favourite subjects are drama and music, and I am also really into media, so having the opportunity to be hands-on at the radio station has been great experience,” Pun Pun said. “It has also taught me a lot about being in a real workplace and how to act professionally.”