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Crocodile School in the running at 2005 Training awards.



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CROCODILE SCHOOL IN THE RUNNING AT 2005 TRAINING AWARDS

11 November 2005

An innovative Northern Territory college which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to locate, capture and transport live crocodiles, is a finalist in the 2005 Australian Training Awards, Australian Government Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave MP, said today.

Mr Hardgrave said the Awards, presented by the Australian Government, will be held at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on Thursday 17 November.

“The Australian Training Awards will honour the nation’s best vocational students, training organisations and employers, and their outstanding contribution to our vocational and technical education sector,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“The International College of Advanced Education (ICAE), delivers accredited training and qualifications to more than 1,700 enrolled students and is a finalist in the Australian Training Initiative Award.

“Around three quarters of ICAE’s students are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and speak almost 20 different primary languages at home including Timorese, Indonesian, Urdu and various Yolgnu dialects.

“The College approached these challenges with innovative thinking, good local knowledge - and a ‘can do’ attitude - a prime example being the Certificate I in Aquaculture developed for the local Murwangi Community.”

The training was entirely responsive to the local community, and was occasionally suspended to recognize the ceremonial and traditional needs of students. This flexibility will allow the programme to be expanded to include crab and barramundi farming in the future.

Winners of the State and Territory awards will be amongst those to compete for national accolades in four student and six organisation categories.

“The Australian Training Awards is the nation’s premier event on the vocational and technical education calendar. I congratulate all of the finalists and wish them all the best for the National Awards,” Mr Hardgrave said.

For more information about the Australian Training Awards contact Awards Organisers on 1800 150 653, or visit www.dest.gov.au

For further information on each of the finalists, or for media interviews with the finalists contact Marie Mills on 0418 918 202.

Media Contact: Suzanne Ferguson 0402 896 100

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