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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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courses. In view of the subsequent reduction of Northern Territory funding due to take effect from the beginning of the 1992-93 financial year, the college's council and management began examining strategies to ensure the minimum impact on its education programs. These included ongoing negotiations with the Commonwealth Government for a review of its level of funding to the college. NT OPEN COLLEGE OF TAFE During 1991, the Northern Territory Open College of TAFE continued to provide a wide range of education and training services in urban, rural and isolated areas, embracing programs covering migrant education, secondary education, trade training, specialist training to certificate and associate diploma levels and courses tailored to suit specific industry requirements and the needs of Aboriginal communities. To enhance the provision of training programs in remote Aboriginal com munities, the college began the negotiation of training agreements, under which guaranteed training will be provided in areas of need identified from community development plans, subject to sufficient enrolments to ensure the viability of courses. Due to be fully implemented in 1993, this new initiative is intended to enable training requirements, determined by communities rather than the college, to be projected over a three-year period. In the Alice Springs region, the college was specifically involved, with Commonwealth funding, in a program aimed at producing community development plans in eight locations. The trend towards providing a greater number of education and training programs funded by external sourcesincluding other Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government departments and non-government organisations which contract the college to provide specific trainingcontinued during the year. The development of an entrepreneurial unitwhich covered its costs during its first half year of operationenhanced the college's reputation for providing quality training, particularly in the areas of plant operation, heavy equipment licensing and, increasingly, work safety practices. During 1991, the college moved closer to ensuring that all its courses of study were comprised of units from courses accredited according to national guidelines. To meet specific training requirements not covered by accredited courses, the college negotiated with those commissioning training programs to ensure that the trainees gained at least partial credit toward formal qualifications. Of particular note in 1991 was the close working relationship developed between the Open College in East Arnhem and two major local mining companies. The Groote Eylandt Mining Company and Nabalco each shared facilities and equipment with the Open College to complement programs offered by both the college and the respective company. In the Katherine region, the success of a Certificate in Child Care course for 1991 15

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