Issue 7
Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Charles Darwin University
VET Business Students at CDU Alice Springs
VET Business Students at CDU Alice Springs

School students experience university life in the desert

Students from across the regions are being encouraged into career pathways as they arrive onto Charles Darwin University (CDU) Alice Springs campus to learn about the options available to them.

Students will meet with local trainers and lecturers who will be offering an introductory learning experience of the unique course offerings and flexible study options that CDU has to offer.

CDU’s Vocational Education Training (VET) for Secondary Schools Program has been running for almost 20 years in Alice Springs attracting more than 300 students each year into a range of programs such as plumbing, engineering, tourism, hospitality, business, beauty and more.

VET for Secondary Schools (VSS) Coordinator Trisha Kohlweg explained that the program encourages secondary students to create pathways into employment or further education and prepares students for careers and to enter the workforce with accredited skills.  

The VET for schools program provides an opportunity for high school students to begin obtaining job ready skills while completing high school,” Ms Kohlweg said.

“Due to location and skills shortages in the region the VET program is vital to getting students job ready to build the local workforce.” 

Associate Vice-Chancellor Jay Walker said CDU will continue to push career pathways and options for further education for local students to ensure they can study and stay in Central Australia.

“We can offer a lot of support for school leavers or adults who would like to go back to school, there are pathways to encourage more Territorians to further their studies and build our local workforce,” Mr Walker said.

“We understand that starting university can be intimidating, these courses and programs aim to help local students and their families gain a better understanding of what CDU is and the variety of courses we have on offer for all levels of education.”