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Date:November 19, 2012

National Training Award Winners

Understanding the importance of contributing to the Top End’s rural and regional communities, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has collaborated with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) – Northern Territory Division to implement its Indigenous Mines Pre-Employment Program, launched in June 2010.

Supported by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, the program focuses on providing Indigenous people in remote communities with the skills needed to enter the mining industry. The program participants spend 50 per cent of their time undertaking the selected courses at Batchelor Institute and workshops with other registered training organisations and the remaining time on-the-job with a real mining industry employer.

In the current Batchelor based program the on-the-job training components of the program provide a realistic model of working life at a mine site. Participants work and train for 12 hour days over a two week period to help them achieve a basic set of life and on-the-job skills which will enable them to become job ready. To assist participants understand and prepare for their work readiness, the program has been designed around working life at a mine. This involves living in dormitories, being subject to alcohol and drug testing and also being given nutrition and health advice. Employment is fundamental to the project and participants hold jobs with the respective mining companies as a condition of the program.

“The award provides substantial national recognition for the Institute but also for everybody’s efforts over the last few years to make us more relevant and to improve the employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the training we deliver. Hopefully winning this award will open up even more doors but working in collaborative relationships is how we want to do all our business, not only providing improved learning pathways for our students but also ensuring that our lecturers are better supported and have more resources to assist their delivery” announced Adrian Mitchell, Director of Batchelor Institute as he went on to further thank the efforts of external partners Minerals Council NT, the Central Land Council and the Northern Land Council who provided mentors and students, the many mines who took part in the program providing funding support and jobs for participants, other RTOs who undertook delivery, the then Department of Business and Employment, DEEWR and Job Services Australia.

Batchelor Institute looks forward to continuing its successful relationship with the Minerals Council Australia, industry and key stakeholders to grow and expand pathways from training to sustained employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

If you are interested in exploring a collaborative training model for your company, please contact Batchelor Institute Business Development Group Manager at (08) 8939 7263