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A collaboration changing lives – Inside and Out

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Graduands seated at the Graduation Ceremony, DCC
“Doing this training has taught me many ways to help myself and others back home. I have learnt ways to deal with my stress, my emotions and have gained confidence to speak up and not be shame! …
I believe that programs like these assists us in changing the attitudes of others and creates a more healthier and positive environment.”
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Batchelor Institute held two graduation ceremonies, (the first in Darwin Correctional Centre on 30th July and the second in Alice Springs Correctional Centre on 6th August) as part of a strong partnership with NT Correctional Services. In just under a year, 135 Nationally Recognised Qualifications* were completed by inmates at the Darwin and Alice Springs facilities, despite the challenges created by COVID-19.

Graduates were successful in learning Foundational Skills that will underpin future education and training; studies and accreditation in Family Wellbeing, Visual Arts, Business, Kitchen Operations, Agri-food Operations, Engineering, and Construction courses.

The Darwin ceremony also celebrated a new third-party agreement between the Institute and Alana Kaye College which delivered and graduated students with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

“We are very proud of our work with Corrections,” the Institute’s CEO Professor Steve Larkin said. “It’s a strong and effective partnership, one that actually changes lives. It works, and its success continues to be acknowledged as it was last year with the awarding of the 2019 NT Training Award for Collaboration.”

Associate Professor Wendy Ludwig, who officiated at the ceremonies, congratulated graduates as well as the lecturers, Batchelor Institute staff and staff from the correctional service – custodial and non-custodial.

“All the graduands should be very proud of their achievements,” Assoc. Prof Ludwig said. “They have made an important commitment. They have chosen to grow, and learn new skills, that will serve them inside as well as when they return to their communities. Batchelor Institute is very pleased to have been part of their positive journey.”

Ms Rufaro Nyamusara, who teaches Foundation Skills and Business courses at the Darwin Correctional Centre, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2020 NT VET Trainer of the year Award to be announced on September 19.

 “Now, it has made me want to do more as this will help me get to the next level of study on the outside.”
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* A total of 123 students graduated, with 12 receiving dual qualification

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Assoc. Prof Wendy Ludwig addressing at Graduation Ceremony, DCC