The Tiwi Islands have received a talent boost with a recent ceremony at Nguiu to mark the graduation of 110 students in disciplines ranging from information technology to forestry.
The students completed courses provided by five educational institutions, with Charles Darwin University providing specialist training in retail supervision and operations.
The Batchelor Institute trained graduates in environmental land management, media and sports administration, and Darwin’s Nungalinya College specialised in studies in community services.
Chair of the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board, Andrew Tipungwuti said the graduation ceremony showcased what the Tiwis were capable of when given the opportunity to manage their own affairs.
Mr Tipungwuti acknowledged the training providers and employers which had invested in the Tiwi Islands.
“These employers and training providers are a crucial link to our employment strategy,” Mr Tipungwuti said.
“Without their commitment, we could not achieve our goal to remove Tiwi from the welfare system.
“To date, 240 apprentices have been employed through the Tiwi Islands Training and Employment Board group training company. Of these, 82 have now finished their apprenticeships, and 70 are currently completing their apprenticeships.”
Local Member, Marion Scrymgour presented special awards for apprentice of the year, VET in schools student of the year and high achievement in business studies, forestry, environmental land management and information technology.