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Night patrol students celebrate

Human Services Training Advisory Council coordinator Judith McKay congratulates graduand Andrea Cameron in Katherine Human Services Training Advisory Council coordinator Judith McKay congratulates graduand Andrea Cameron in Katherine

A group of students who gathered for celebrations in Katherine recently have become the first to complete Charles Darwin University’s new Certificate III in Community Night Patrol training program.

Community Services Team Leader Peter Hogan said it was a proud moment for the 40 graduands, who began the nationally recognised certificate course in February.

“They have attained a qualification that aligns with real jobs and real career opportunities in the human services sphere,” Mr Hogan said.

“They’ve done all the hard work and now this qualification confirms their skills and knowledge.”

Mr Hogan said that the vast distances some of these students had travelled to attend training never ceased to amaze him.

“They’ve come from Timber Creek in the west, Numbulwar in the east, Kalano here in Katherine and from many other communities in the Roper Gulf and Victoria Daly shires.”

While completing a rigorous course was an outstanding achievement for any student, Mr Hogan noted two particular high achievers.

“We’d like to congratulate Davis Turner and Andrea Cameron, whose work was of a very high standard and whose attitude and commitment was exemplary.”

Mr Hogan said the course had been developed over the past five years. CDU trainers have worked in collaboration with the Human Services Training Advisory Council and communities to fine tune training materials. It includes elements from a variety of training packages including public sector, local government, correctional services, and community and health.

He said he expected about 100 students would successfully complete the course next year.