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Automotive students in fast lane to oil and gas jobs

By Patrick Nelson

Justin Busse … “Heavy vehicle twist” Justin Busse … “Heavy vehicle twist”

A new training program designed to develop the skills of Territorians seeking opportunities in the oil and gas industry has kicked off at Charles Darwin University with a full class of 20 students.

The Prelude to the Future partnership program is designed to take the mechanically minded students through the first year of their automotive apprenticeship in just six months.

The Head of the School of Trades Justin Busse said that while there was a “heavy vehicle twist” to the course that started on January 27, students also would undergo qualifications in a number of related areas.

“Each student will be taught how to operate a forklift, how to work in a confined space and on an elevated platform, as well as begin their Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology course,” Mr Busse said.

“They will undergo six weeks’ work experience, have the benefits of a mentor for 18 months, and receive literacy and numeracy support as needed.”

Mr Busse said CDU was delighted to be a key player in the partnership program alongside Prelude, the NT Government, and apprentice employer GTNT.

“It’s an important program aimed at boosting the employability of disadvantaged Territorians in a vital skill shortage area.

“The training will set them up with valuable skills and knowledge that will equip them well in a jobs market subject to the pressures of high demand well into the future.”