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Program to boost work-ready Katherine apprentices

By Katie Weiss

Participants have undertaken training at CDU's Katherine Rural Campus Participants have undertaken training at CDU's Katherine Rural Campus

Students have completed a six-month intensive training program aimed at boosting the number of work-ready apprentices in the Northern Territory.

The participants from urban and remote communities recently undertook training in metal fabrication and automotive at Charles Darwin University’s Katherine Rural Campus.

The NT Department of Business launched the program following the Katherine Mining Services Association’s request that the Government assist local youth in gaining long-term employment.

CDU Educational Program Manager Rob Buttery said the course aimed to help increase the employability of the local population.

“We have received excellent feedback about the program and it is achieving its outcomes,” Mr Buttery said.

“These students have undertaken training in line with the first year of these apprenticeships.”

He said students would then aim to be employed as second year apprentices with minimal gap training, based on their performance through the program.

During the program, students also undertook industry work experience, simulated workplace training and applied their skills to real-life scenarios, such as maintenance works around the campus.

The training targeted job readiness, with an emphasis on workplace health and safety, planning and understanding quality outcomes. Mr Buttery said students applied their skills in cutting, planning, welding and projects when completing these tasks.

The NT Government program ran in collaboration with Group Training NT.