Supporting Jobs: 47 New Graduates in NT-led English Language Program in Dili

A Timor-Leste English language program run bythe NT Education Department continues to go from strength to strength with 47students set to graduate tomorrow.

Education Minister Selena Uibo will attend thegraduation ceremony of this years group of SenaiNT English Language Programstudents, who have successfully completed their Certificate 1 and 2 in Spokenand Written English.

The Australian-accredited qualification enablesthe students to learn English language, literacy and numeracy skills, to openpathways to further education and training or to gain jobs.

Thegraduates can then also seek work in Australia as part of the seasonal workerprogram.

Since openingin October 2015, nearly 400 students have completed English-language programsthrough SenaiNT, which has a 95 per cent attendance rate.

The centre aims to strengthen the Northern Territorysposition as a gateway between Australia and Asia through education andstrengthen education and training partnerships between the Territory andTimor-Leste.

Quotesattributable to Minister for Education and Minister for Workforce Training,Selena Uibo

TheTerritory Labor Governments number one priority is jobs and this program notonly improves the future education and employment prospects of those whoundertake it, it plays a critical role in helping our NT farmers fill seasonalhorticultural positions.

We areextremely pleased to see this program so well received in Timor, with more than70 per cent of graduates engaged in employment or further education.

Demandcontinues to grow, with more than 700 students applying each semester.

Costings

Ms Uibo leaveson Sunday, 2 September and returns on Monday, 3 September.

Travel costsfor the Minister and one staff member:

Airfares: $1681.62

Accommodation:$384.66

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