CDU educating next generation CDEP leaders 


l-r: Christine Butler, Gerry McKeegan, Lesley Jury, Zane Hughes and Lorraine Docherty

Charles Darwin University (CDU) has commenced training CDEP co-ordinators and supervisors on behalf of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Customised courses are being delivered throughout the Territory through a mix of workshops, onsite visits and electronic delivery. Each student is provided with a pre-skills training audit to identify suitable entry points into the program. Most are currently employed through local councils and organisations.

Alice Springs-based lectures Gerry McKeegan and Lesley Jury, Katherine lecturer Christine Butler and Casuarina lecturer Lorraine Docherty audited students and delivered the Katherine course. Zane Hughes and Cynthia Coyne provided additional support.

Gerry said personalised delivery is important to the success of the program.

‘CDU recognises the importance of working with students on a personal level in order to equip them with the skills to lead and manage in the future,’ he said. ‘I am seeing some great potential in my work in the Katherine, Barkly and now Laynhapuy regions of the NT.’

Students can be enrolled in certificate I through to IV in business with a majority completing certificate I or II in business. They are provided with literacy and numeracy support where required.

The first workshop was completed in Katherine in mid-May. Gerry will soon deliver additional workshops in the Laynhapuy homelands, in northeast Arnhem Land and the Barkly Region surrounding Tennant Creek.