The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011
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28 NT NEWS. Saturday, September 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 2 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 1014247v2 Enter amine of opportunity Major Training has run courses for the mining industry since 1998 Our trainers are second to none,with hundreds of thousands of hours of experience IT SEEMS all job-seeking eyes are on the thriving mining industry and those looking to enter the workforce will need to be highly skilled. Major Training has been running nationally accredited courses specific to the mining industry since 1998 and helps those looking to get a start in the industry or improve their skill set. Managing director Alex Tenkate says there are courses suitable for careers in construction, mining or transport, with local or interstate training options. Courses that specifically would suit a person looking to get into the industry include dump truck, excavator and machinery courses, apprenticeships in engineering in either boilermaking and/or diesel fitting, he says. Courses run from three days to a fouryear apprenticeship and are held on a simulated worksite or on-site with the employer. All include classroom theory learning as well as practical demonstration and application, Mr Tenkate says. Students only complete a qualification when they prove competency of the requirements. All courses we offer are regulated by the Government and Australian Quality Training Framework. We maintain a high grade of plant and equipment, with continuous maintenance, and replace older with new or near new to ensure students are trained on industry-relevant equipment and resources. Our trainers and assessors are second to none, with hundreds of thousands of hours of combined experience in many different sectors and industries. People also can undertake apprenticeships in boilermaking or heavy diesel fitting as a mature-age student, and Major Training offers programs that can be completed with an employer or without. For more information, call 1300 790 822 or go online to www.major.com.au. Discovering the right path INCREASINGLY complicated lifestyles, combined with a new awareness of health and wellness, have seen counselling become a greatly valued and popular career choice. Described as the practice of observing human behaviour, counselling helps people take control of their feelings and thought processes in situations involving grief, loss, instability and stress. Such feelings can occur in times of job losses, family breakdowns, and financial stresses. As manager of student support services at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC), Robert Carrigan enjoys witnessing both his students and clients undergoing important journeys of self-discovery. Issues of stress and loss have big ramifications, with feelings of self-worth often rapidly eroding, he said. But counsellors can help people take control of such situations and give them strength. Mr Carrigan said people considering a counselling career were often good listeners with a genuine desire to interact and assist others. Counsellors also need to understand other perspectives and embrace different points of view while also confronting clients emotions in a way that respects and honours them, he said. AIPC specialises in external, self-paced educational delivery for mature-age students. A core diploma program, bachelors degree and a postgraduate certificate and diploma are available. Visit www.aipc.net.au. Learning the ropes Margaret Edwards, a graduate of the program, shows her hospitality skills at the recent official opening celebrations for the NAAJA office in Darwin ManyTerritory businesses are coming on board THE Future Stars Hospitality and Lifeskills Course is a four-week preemployment course, followed by placement into a job and then six months of intensive mentoring. It is an initiative of Karen Sheldon Training and Development and funded by the Australian Governments Indigenous Employment Program. The list of people who have successfully made the transition from welfare recipient to full-time working lives is growing daily. Participants are generally initially placed into hospitality jobs linked to a very broad variety of Northern Territory employers. There they are coached to develop their employability skills. They have the choice of developing a hospitality future or pursuing other career pathways under the guidance of dedicated mentors. In Darwin, training for the first four weeks is conducted at Kantillas Function Centre, Level Three, TIO Stadium, Marrara. Participants are offered free transport to and from the course if that is required. The course is also always open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. During the four weeks of training, participants develop the practical skillsets that employers are seeking Personal Hygiene and Grooming Customer Service, Occupational Health and Safety and Food Safety, Conflict Resolution & Handling Customer Complaints, Working with Colleagues Self-Esteem & Personal Development, Personal Finances & Goal Setting, Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills, Understanding and Completing all Work Related Forms, Restaurant and Bar Service Skills, Personal Health & Nutrition pathways. Many Territory businesses and employers are coming on board and offering worthwhile jobs and careers. Karen Sheldon Training and Development works closely with these employers to iron out the initial bumps, and to smooth the way for these new career seekers. If you are an employer looking for long-term local staff, we would love to hear from you. The Next Pre-employment Course opens in Darwin on Monday, September 12. Contact John on 0417 884 464 or john@karensheldontraining .com.