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Foundation Skills

English language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy training for Territorians
Melaleuca Mangos Group with Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman

The Foundation Skills team at CDU is the leading provider of English language, workplace literacy, numeracy and digital literacy training in the Territory. 

By accessing Foundation Skills for Your Future funding from the Federal Government Department of Employment and Workplace relations (DEWR), we can upskill your workforce through programs tailored to your business and your employees’ needs. 

We also provide personalised training courses to individual participants who want to improve their English language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

Access Pathway Program

Improve your English language, literacy and computer skills

The Access Pathway Program will help you:

  • improve your reading and writing
  • improve your computer and study skills
  • work towards success in further study or work.


To participate, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be employed or recently unemployed (within the past nine months)
  • not be registered with an Australian Government employment service provider.

When are the classes? 

2023: January, May and August.


CDU Casuarina campus: Small group classes face-to-face (day or evening).
Online study is also available. 

Register your interest

We'll tell you more about the Access Pathway Program.

(08) 8946 6462 / (08) 8946 6138

Download the Access Pathway Program flyer (PDF, 991.48 KB)

Our team

Britta White - Team Leader Foundation Skills

With over 20 years of teaching experience, teaching English as an additional language to secondary school aged and adult learners and coordinating English language and settlement programs, Britta is currently Team Leader of the Foundation Skills team at CDU. 

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Britta White Team Leader Foundation Skills


Joy Harley - VET Trainer/ Workplace Assessor

Joy has extensive experience in adult education as a language and literacy practitioner. She started her teaching career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) secondary teacher in Northeast Arnhem Land more than 20 years ago and since then has worked with adult learners across a vast range of remote and urban settings in the NT and beyond. 

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Hieu Nguyen

Hieu has an extensive experience in teaching English as an additional language in several universities and institutions in Vietnam and China and presently at Charles Darwin University.

She has provided face-to-face and online classes to international participants and domestic ones from CALD backgrounds. Her teaching is embedded with practical activities based on cultural understanding to improve individual learners’ English language, literacy, numeracy or digital skills for their employment or study options.

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Hieu Nguyen Foundation Skills Lecturer


Andrew Stechmann

Andrew has a wide range of experience in adult education, including teaching English Language at Universities overseas as well as Australia. Since arriving in the Territory over 15 years ago, he has worked in both Training and Higher Education at Batchelor Institute and CDU in a variety of roles. At CDU, these include lecturing in the Tertiary Enabling Program and Common Units, and more recently in student support as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Coordinator. He has also worked as a contracted trainer in materials design and delivery for various organisations in the Top End.

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Andrew Stechmann Kakadu
Project map
Current and Previous Foundation Skills Projects on NT Map
Current projects
Previous projects
How it works

Employer workplace training

Upskill your workforce to improve English, oral and written communication skills, reading skills, numeracy skills and digital skills.

We will work with your organisation to develop tailored accredited and/or non-accredited training, to improve English, oral and written communication skills, reading skills, numeracy skills and digital skills. We will:

  • Assess workplace and employee language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) skills

  • Design a customised training model that suits your workplace environment

  • Support your employees to improve skills and apply them to the workplace

  • Provide recommendations and evaluation of the training to inform future professional development

Personalised training 

Improve your reading, writing, speaking and digital literacy skills.

Our personalised training will help you to improve your literacy, numeracy and digital skills so that you learn the essential language and digital skills needed to succeed in your job.

Fee for service

The Foundation Skills Team can also provide fee for service training for your organisation for projects large or small.

Contact us to discuss your training needs.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss a workplace project or have any questions about the program, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

(08) 8946 6462 / (08) 8946 6183