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Lyle Mellors ... Lyle Mellors ... "Strong channels of communication"

The School of Trades opened its workshop doors to industry representatives in what was seen as an important bridge-building exercise in Alice Springs recently.

Acting Director Central Australia Lyle Mellors said the practice of engaging with industry was a key activity in ensuring that CDU’s courses were relevant to industry.

In welcoming guests, Mr Mellors said that under the guidance of team leader Jamie Finn, Trades Central offered programs in automotive, construction, electrical, refrigeration and engineering.

“All students need to demonstrate that they have industry skills to industry standards before we can issue them with a qualification,” Mr Mellors said.

“A common misconception is that registered training organisations determine a program’s contents, but in fact all national qualifications are delivered through national industry training packages that detail the industry skills required.”

Mr Mellors said the typical local industry complaint that they had had no opportunity to contribute to a training package’s content was addressed by the Federal Government late last year.

“The new vocational training standards require registered training organisations to work more closely with local industry to ensure that the delivery of industry training takes into account the needs of local industry,” he said.

“That underscores the purpose of this meeting. We want strong channels of communication and a mutually beneficial relationship with local industry.”

Guests included representatives from Allan O’Keefe, the Australian Apprenticeship Centre NT, AW McLean Building, Centre Carpentry and Maintenance, Comwin, Engineers Australia, Fluid Power, GTNT, the Industrial Capability Network, Ingkerreke Commercial, M&M Electrical, Ogden Power, Peter Kittle Motor Company, Power & Data, and Ross Engineering.