The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 6, 2010. NT NEWS. 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-NGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K THE digital roll out of on-line learning technologies at Charles Darwin University (CDU) will give construction apprentices new access to quality specialist lecturers from outside the Northern Territory. The roll out includes latest generation high speed video conference facilities that will allow construction lecturers to deliver specialist learning units from across Australia. The Alice Springs campus at CDU is the fi rst to install the equipment as part of a $350,000 capital upgrade that includes a new computer room, classroom and machinery. The Casuarina campus will follow Alice Springs and install the equipment next year. Program manager of Trades in Alice Springs, Justin Busse said the university responded to the needs of students and industry by making construction training accessible throughout the Territory. The new generation of apprentices is comfortable with using technology and we want to give them access to knowledge outside the Territory that would be unthinkable just a few years ago, Justin said. One of the fi rst contracts is with Queensland-based specialist construction education consultant, TN Construction, in partnership with CDU to deliver a Certifi cate IV in Building and Construction. More than 50 students will under take units from the course in 2011, using specialist video software that will allow them to interact with lecturers. Justin said the digitisation of learning would be a huge benefi t to Territory businesses and students. This is the single most important advancement in education that I have seen for many years and will fl ow on to produce better qualifi ed and knowledgeable graduates, but more importantly it will make our trades training accessible to remote regions, he said. Special Advertising Feature Construction training takes on a new face Yazmin gets a piece of the action AUTOMOTIVE apprentice Yazmin Brown was always destined for a career fi xing and maintaining cars. Looking up to her siblings, she saw the fun her brother Tony had making cars look great and racing them. I thought to myself I want a piece of that, she said. So she approached her brothers mentor, Alan Spooner, and asked to be involved. He agreed, pending permission from her parents. I asked Dad if I could have a go. He wisely told me to ask mum and she said go for it, she said. Within a few weeks the then 11-year-old entered her fi rst track race in the junior sedan competition and has gone on to race Karts and win the 2010 Darwin title. Now 17 years old, she is completing a school-based apprenticeship through Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Kerrys Automotive Group in Darwin. She works two days a week at the dealership, one day at CDU and spends the other two days at school. She works full time at the dealership during school holidays. Yazmin said she was not fazed being a female in a male-dominated environment. I dont see being a girl as an issue and I enjoy working with the guys, she said. She is now learning the latest automotive technologies at Kerrys Automotive Group. Operations Manager Mark Dresher said she was considered a very capable apprentice. Yazmin came on board with us in March 2009 and since then has really proven herself as a dedicated and very accomplished member of our team, he said. A lot of her time is spent using the latest computer technology to diagnose cars and learn how to fi x them and she has shown real capability in this area. DAYS WORK: Yazmin Brown services a Holden Captiva. AT HOME: Mary Clark operates an hydraulic excavator. TRADES TRAINING: Manager of Trades in Alice Springs, Justin Busse is working to make construction training accessible throughout the NT. Charles Darwin University VET Training Provider of the Year 2009 and 2010 For your apprenticeship training needs talk to the leading trainer in the Northern Territory. For more information please contact: Bronwyn Welk, Trades Industry Division T. 8946 7091 E. email@example.com cdu.edu.au/vet Tori dons tool belt after decade behind desk By JASON McINTOSH A CAREER move from management to the fl oor is a shift few people would consider, but for Tori Krikke (pictured left) its an exciting new career path away from the offi ce. The 31-year-old Alice Springs local co-manages a successful electrical contracting company, T&T Power Generation, with her husband Trevor, but after 10 years of managing company fi nances, she decided to train as an electrician. With support from Trevor and her two young children in school, Tori enrolled in a Certifi cate III in Electrotechnology at Charles Darwin Universitys Alice Springs campus. She is now taking on the more mundane duties of sweeping fl oors, cleaning and supervised electrical work in the organisation she helped to establish and getting some unusual looks from clients. Many were shocked to hear I was out on the tools, but life as an apprentice is much more interesting, she said. Toris original trade as a signwriter was motivated by the same desire to work in the outdoors. Managing company bookwork and knowing the variety and outdoor nature of my clients work made me realise even more what I want out of a job, she said. As the only female in the mostly younger group of apprentices, Tori said the students and lecturers had been very welcoming. The guys are great and Im treated no differently from anyone else. I have always liked that about this industry, she said. Toris advice to other mature age people is to re-skill if you are returning to the workforce after a long period away and apply for an apprenticeship. Tech roll out pulls experts closer to NT Apprentices gain solid start at CDU Mary tests her skills nationally DRIVING front end loaders, dump trucks and travelling cranes is not half as daunting as receiving a national training award, according to Mary Clark. The Territorian was one of three national fi nalists for Trainee of the Year at the 2010 Mining Industry Skills Centre Training Awards. The Nhulunbuy local received a Highly Commended for her commitment and work ethic that saw her fast-track a 12-month traineeship in eight months. The CDU student was nominated by her work host Rio Tinto Alcan Gove and supported by Group Training NT. It was the fi rst time she had been to a major awards ceremony and she said receiving the award on stage was a nerve-wracking experience. I was embarrassed when they showed footage of me at work, but I was really excited to get the award, she said. Mining Industry Skills Centre CEO Derek Hunter presented the awards and said Marys dedication as a trainee set an example to others. Mary demonstrated that she is a terrifi c role model, not only for her community but also for new starters in the resource industry, he said. Mary said she was hooked on an outdoor career after completing a traineeship as a 16-year-old. I realised working in the offi ce wasnt my thing so I took on a machinery operator traineeship and was soon learning how to operate small plant machinery from bobcats through to front end loaders, she said. Mary paid tribute to her mentor, Rio Tinto Alcan employee Phil Rosevear and other staff for giving her confi dence in her career.
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