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The Northern Territory news Sat 7 Aug 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 7 Aug 2010

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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6 NT NEWS. Saturday, August 7, 2010. CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K CAREERONE.COM.AU Graduating into government MICHELLE Skarlatos joined the Northern Territory Public Sector as a graduate trainee, with the NT Department of Resources NT Quarantine Section. She secured the position via the NT Government Graduate Program. Michelle said her major project is to create and compile the 2010 Plant Health Manual. "My role also includes daily tasks like state and territory plant regulations, plant pests and diseases research, attending audits with quarantine officers, assisting in field surveillance and creating materials for the 2010 Darwin Show stand," she said. Trainees participating in the NT Government Graduate Program have the opportunity to begin their careers in an environment that continues their professional training within a supervised workplace. As well as valuable onthe-job learning Michelle attends scheduled training and professional development courses to build her practical and theoretical knowledge. "I enjoy all aspects of my role, especially the field surveillance and hands-on work. I am provided with a great balance between the theory and practical facets of the industry. "The knowledge I have gained about the processes our fruit and vegetables must go through in order to make it to our supermarket shelves is incredible. It is something most of us are oblivious to. A simple visit to the supermarket turns in to a surveillance project for me. I find myself searching lettuces for western flower thrips, an elusive plant pest," she said. Michelle said she recommended the NT Graduate Program to others because it was a fantastic way to develop skills and experience in a range of different disciplines. The NT Government Graduate Program runs for one or two years depending on the agency's needs. It is available Territory-wide and enables graduates to obtain employment in the public sector with attractive remuneration and incentives. Territorians interested in the graduate program with the NT Government should contact the Training and Employment Programs Unit by emailing: employmentprograms.dbe@ nt.gov.au, or calling: (08) 8999 3708. THE Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) is the largest single employer in the Northern Territory and is responsible for providing an extensive range of services to the community. Services including health delivery, education, public transport, electricity, water provision and public libraries are provided by the NTPS and co-ordinated through a variety of its agencies. A career in the government can open countless doors to professional and career development. The NTPS provides its employees with the opportunity to develop their skills through a range of training and people development programs, provisions for external study leave and opportunities to diversify skills and experience by transferring between public sector agencies. The NTPS also offers a range of standardised courses as well as employ ment programs for apprentices, graduates, indigenous cadets and vacation employment for university students. Public sector employees can be found in every corner of the Northern Territory. The NTPS is a flexible employer and provides employees access to innovative ways of balancing work and personal commitments. Provisions including part-time working arrangements, job-sharing, homebased work and recreation, maternity, parental, long service leave and leave without pay, all support an environment of equilibrium. Further information about applying for a position in the Northern Territory Public Sector can be found on the Employment Opportunities website ww.nt.gov.au/jobs. Vacancies are updated weekly. Chance to diversify skills