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Indigenous education in the Northern Territory

30-May-2014

A report outlining the challenges and triumphs of the Indigenous education system in the Northern Territory has revealed an increasing need to bridge the gap between school and the workforce.

Released by Minister for Education Peter Chandler on May 14, the report - A Share in the Future - assessed education and employment outcomes among NT Indigenous people more thoroughly than any other study over the past 15 years.

In particular, a focus was placed on those living in regional towns and remote communities, to ensure all Indigenous Australians are given a fair chance to learn and train, no matter where they live across the state.

Mr Chandler believes the review has highlighted a number of areas where education and training has not achieved the desired outcomes.

"The review clearly states that efforts to improve results in remote schools have failed and it's time for a new, evidence-based approach," he said.

"More changes will be needed to see continued and sustained improvement; better [National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy] results, more [NT Certificate of Education and Training] graduates and more Territorians going on to university and employment."

While the government continues to focus on improving unemployment rates across Australia, local businesses and industry bodies are being urged to consider creating pathways to the labour force. In particular, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships can help break down barriers to employment by offering students a chance to develop the real world skills and knowledge employers need.

"Through the government's bold push to drive North Australia Development there will be new opportunities for employment, it's important Territory children are in the best position to benefit from those opportunities," Mr Chandler explained.

Those interested in taking on an Indigenous apprentice or trainee can get in touch with their local group training organisation for more information on a flexible and effective apprenticeship solution.