Issue 1
Monday, 02 March 2020
Charles Darwin University
Courses offered in Katherine include Agriculture and Rural Operations
Courses offered in Katherine include Agriculture and Rural Operations

Bright year for training in Katherine

Charles Darwin University will continue to provide an important education service to the people of Katherine in what a senior staff member anticipates will be a solid year for the university.

Campus Administrator Vicki Williams said two VET trades short courses – Working from Heights and White Card – had been delivered already.

“We’ll deliver other short-courses depending on where the demand is, but Forklift and Traffic Management have been popular in the past.”

Ms Williams said CDU also would continue to deliver VET certificate courses in Business, Community Services, and Early Childhood Education and Care from the Town Centre, and Agriculture, Rural Operations, and Automotive courses at the Rural campus.

“We’ve appointed a new acting technical officer at the farm and two new lecturers have joined the Agriculture and Rural Operations team. We also have a new part-time staffer at the Town Centre who will deliver Aged Care units in the region,” Ms Williams said.

“VET for Secondary School planning is also underway.

“Staff will visit high schools this week to showcase the five courses we’ll be offering this year: Rural Operations, Automotive, Bakery, Business and Tourism.

“Students will be asked to indicate their preference before we begin delivering block training in the first term.”

Ms Williams said Rural campus staff would continue to support the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association Indonesia-Australia Pastoral Program this year.

“For the past several years we’ve helped train about 20 Indonesian university students each year before they undertake placements on pastoral properties across North Australia.”

Ms Williams said staff provided administrative support, exam supervision and encouragement to all Katherine students.

“Regardless of whether students are enrolled in full-time or part-time studies, whether they’re online or self-paced, we are here to support Katherine people build their skills and better their knowledge.”

Ms Williams said that CDU’s Course Guide had been published exclusively online for the first time this year.

“It contains details about the VET courses offered by the university, as well as information on entry pathways, apprenticeships, fees and the enrolment process.”