Issue 9 - October 5, 2009 enews homee

Indigenous students taste career options

Indigenous students taste career options

Students display their certificates of completion for the two-week Indigenous Work Experience Program
By Richie Hodgson

An opportunity to sample the workplace and gain valuable employment experience has paid dividends for a group of Year 10 Indigenous students.

The students from Kormilda College, Taminmin and Darwin High School, recently completed an intensive two-week Indigenous Work Experience Program coordinated by CDU’s People Management Division Indigenous Employment Team.

The Indigenous Work Experience Program gave 18 students the opportunity to undertake work experience in a variety of university departments including the printery, library, childcare centre, metal fabrication, student services, the Faculty of Education, Health and Science, aquaculture, FM Radio and creative arts (media).

Jess Lacey, from Taminmin High School, said the entire experience had been a highlight.

“Work experience at CDU has been great and the support staff helped us in deciding which areas were right for our personalities,” she said.

Darwin High’s Travis Falla echoed Jess’ enthusiasm about the program, which has been tailored to provide real training and employment opportunities for the participants.

“What I liked best about work experience was that every morning I couldn’t wait to start because it was exciting and fun.”

The group also took part in a day-long orientation program and departmental tours, coordinated by the Indigenous Academic Support Unit, to allow students to experience a number of potential career paths.