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Date:March 31, 2016

Record completions at NT correctional centres


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A record number of prisoners graduated this month from certificate courses delivered by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) at NT Correctional Centres.

A total of 83 certificates were awarded in graduation ceremonies at the Darwin Correctional Centre (DCC) and at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre (ASCC).

This represents a 30 per cent increase from the last graduation event in December 2015.

The certificates awarded include qualifications in Resources and Infrastructure Operations, Construction, Indigenous Environmental Health, Visual Arts, Agrifood Operations, Kitchen Operations, Engineering and Business.

A total of 57 DCC inmates received certificates on their graduation day: March 30. A further 19 prisoners, who were among the current cohort earning qualifications, have already been released from prison after completing their sentences.

Among the DCC graduates are four women prisoners who have all earned certificates in Visual Arts.

Seven prisoners at ASCC received awards for qualifications in Family Wellbeing, Conservation and Land Management and Visual Arts, at their graduation ceremony on March 23.

The certificate courses are delivered by the BIITE staff at purpose-built teaching centres within the DCC and ASCC precincts.