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Foundation Skills

Current projects

The Foundation Skills team at CDU is the Territory’s leading provider of English language, workplace literacy, numeracy and digital literacy training in the Territory
Melaleuca Mangos Group with Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman

Current projects

West Arnhem Regional Council Workforce Development - West Arnhem Region

West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) is one of the largest employers in the West Arnhem region, with more than 230 employees. Of these, 60% identify as First Nation peoples. The five WARC communities targeted for delivery in this project include Minjilang (Croker Island), Warruwi (South Goulburn Island), Jabiru, Gunbalanya and Maningrida.

WARC provides a range of local government services across all five communities including road maintenance and repair, parks and gardens maintenance, sport and recreation services, access to Centrelink, community care programs, creche services, and other services on behalf of government agencies. Due to the remoteness of these communities, WARC takes on many of the roles of municipal councils.

The Council's strategic aim is to support the employment of local Indigenous people rather than rely on fly-in, fly-out workers. The FSfYF training will form part of the WARC Learning and Development Framework.  

This project will run until May 2024.

Workplace skills for Mparntwe School support staff – Alice Springs

Support staff are an integral part of school communities.  Their role is diverse and unique to each school and can include administration, in-class support, special unit support, and supporting students from specific cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

This project works with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous support staff across three schools in Alice Springs to develop reading, writing and digital literacy skills to support staff to meet current workplace outcomes and to provide support to encourage them to engage in further studies and/or gain the skills they need to complete their current studies. Participating schools are Centralian Middle School, Yirara College and Yipirinya School. 

Kakadu National Park workforce development – Kakadu National Park

This project works with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff from key areas of Kakadu National Park to develop digital literacy and writing skills to support them to meet current workplace outcomes. Preparing staff for future promotion is also a focus of this project. 

Training is being delivered at various locations throughout the Park, such as Jim Jim Ranger Station, Mary River Ranger Station, Head Quarters Ranger Station, Bowali Vistor Centre, and South and East Alligator District Ranger Stations.

The project will be delivered over 2 years, until May 2024.

Tangentyere Council workforce development - Alice Springs

This project will be delivered to Indigenous and non-indigenous council staff in Alice Springs. The project will focus on developing participant LLND skills for workplace development.

Access Pathway Program

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)

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