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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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EDUCATION Procedures were developed for the implementation of the ten-point Plan for Employment and Further Education opportunities for Year 12 school leavers strategies, including the maintenance of numbers participating in NT Public Service base-grade positions. Through representation on local and national committees, contributions were made to the development of policy in areas such as an implementation strategy for a national competency-based training system the Australian Women's Employment Strategy a national review of occupational licensing and work health policies the identification of TAFE and training statistics systems. Field-based support was provided in Darwin and the Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy areas to ensure liaison among the Department, employers, apprentices and trainees regarding the provisions of the Northern Territory Employment and Training Authority Act 1991 and the introduction of competency-based training. In addition, records were maintained of all trainees and apprentices, covering aspects ranging from applications and indentures to certification of qualifications such as trade certificates. Within the framework of the Northern Territory Government's Aboriginal Employment and Economic Development Strategy, a range of activities was pursued in co-operation with other agencies involved in the provision of training programs and specific employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. These included assistance to help Aboriginal people determine the direction and pace of development in their communities improving Aboriginal access to jobs in mainstream labour markets assisting Aboriginal communities to define employment opportunities including those identified through community strategic plansand to develop skills accordingly by identifying funding sources and training programs available through TAFE colleges or other providers from either within or outside the communities. In carrying out these activities, maximum use of funding from outside sources was made wherever possible. The Department was represented on a number of Common wealth Aboriginal Employment Development Policy Committees at field and management level and on various committees of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, both centrally and at the regional level. 12