CDU Palmerston bakery officially opened 

CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Garnett with Andrew Robb AO MP (left) and Robert Schwerdt (right)

Apprentice bakers in the Northern Territory will benefit from a new state-of-the-art training facility established at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Palmerston Campus.

Australian Government Minister for Vocational and Further Education, Andrew Robb AO MP, officially opened the $1.26 million bakery Thursday, 4 October.

“This new training centre will help reinforce the value of pursing a career in the trades by providing high-quality training recognised both within Australia and internationally,” Mr Robb said.

“The Australian Government is committed to help improve the skills of Australians and restoring the balance in relation to technically skilled jobs by providing infrastructure that is supported by the delivery of the very best quality training.”

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Garnett explained that the custom-built bakery would provide an enabling environment for skill and career development for young apprentices in the Northern Territory.

“It is with facilities such as this that will enable us to continue delivering the best possible training and, in turn, produce the highest quality graduate,” she said.

“This state-of-the-art facility will be the premier vehicle for the delivery of bakery courses in the Northern Territory.

“This is an excellent example of CDU, local and national government, and industry all working together to give young people strong technical skills that are in high demand and will prepare them for their future career.”

Member for Solomon, Mr David Tollner MP said he was an advocate of the good work CDU continued to undertake in the field of vocational education and training.

“I commend CDU for establishing a top-class facility that will enhance technical training opportunities in the Darwin region.”

The funding of $1.26 million emanated form the Commonwealth Government as a part of its support for vocational education and training in the Northern Territory.