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Vocational education -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Occupational training -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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Dept. of Employment, Education and Training

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The course was delivered as a short course using six units from the Certifi cate II in Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations). The course was designed to deliver basic industry skills with a focus on net and rope mending skills. Literacy and numeracy support was offered to all participants for the duration of the course. The course was very popular because it was inclusive, culturally appropriate, practically oriented and the skills gained could be used for both employment and recreation purposes. It received overwhelming support from custodial staff even though it was more diffi cult to manage from a security perspective. Since the completion of the project a number of job offers have been made to prisoners to work in the industry post-release. The course drew positive comment in the press with an article and photograph of one of the Indigenous participants published in the NT News in October 2005. Madonna Cochrane, Senior Education Offi cer, delivered a paper on the project at the Australasian Correctional Education Association (ACEA) Conference held in Darwin in October 2005. This presentation attracted both national and international recognition. As a result, Darwin Correctional Centre has been invited to deliver a presentation on the Deckhands Pilot Project at an international symposium in Phoenix Arizona in May 2006. The Deckhands Pilot Project has led to an ongoing partnership between SMIT and the Darwin Correctional Centre, with several more deckhand short courses planned for delivery in 2006. 5

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