CDU and RIO TINTO Alcan work to up-skill Indigenous trainees 


An Indigenous training program with an emphasis on Accelerated Literacy is set to improve career pathways for Indigenous trainees in the east Arnhem area.

Developed in partnership with Charles Darwin University's School for Social and Policy Research and local Indigenous communities, the Alcan Learning Education Regional Training (ALERT) program, has been developed to provide essential training to Indigenous trainees and facilitate their move into mainstream employment.

CDU’s Senior VET Advisor Remote Projects, Bronte Cooper said the program had been designed to incorporate Accelerated Literacy, a literacy teaching method that underpinned reading skills.

Proposed for three years, the ALERT program has been divided into three separate stages; Work Prep, Work Ready and Work Start.

“Work Prep aims to create the motivation for trainees to want to get up and go to work, to develop a pride in their achievements and confidence in their own ability to continue to achieve,” he said.

“Work Ready will provide basic work skills and experience within the work environment, building confidence in trainees whilst exposing them to numerous careers choices.

“Finally, Work Start will provide the trainees with work in high support teams to continue to build confidence in the trainee, enabling them to safely operate in the mine and refinery at Rio Tinto Alcan.”

Throughout the program, trainees will receive practical and relevant training, giving them access to continuing work opportunities. It will also identify and support each individual with a specific learning plan to move into an existing career pathway of their choice.

“The courses are nationally accredited and offer training in areas where there are long-term and permanent local jobs,” Mr Cooper said.