Graduates target mine jobs

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Antonia Te Hatu-Lal and Peter Chungaloo are the first Year 12 completers at Borroloola School since 2014.

The graduates, both 17, are also the first in their families to receive the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

They aim to work at the nearby MacArthur River Mine, the company employing the previous NTCET finisher, Joel Bradford, as a diesel fitter.

Antonia is seeking a boiler making apprenticeship at the zinc-lead giant, and Peter a truck driver traineeship.

Vocational skills, developed at the Borroloola Trade Training Centre, included hand and power tool use, arc welding, measuring and calculating, design interpretation, fabrication and safe work practices.

Daniel Kosh, the department’s training programs assessor, said: “In completing their studies, Antonia and Peter have demonstrated, resilience, determination, and are motivated to overcome every challenge.

“Now they are well into the [mine employment] application process…completing their medical assessments and heading toward their desired careers.

“Antonia loves welding and working with steel. The mine provides a good pathway for her to do that. Peter will join family members working at the mine.”

Mr Kosh added both have been “excellent and inspirational role models” to other students.

“If they are accepted into the 2021 workforce it will attest their hard work and positive attitudes.”

Antonia Te Hatu-Lal lays tiles as part of a construction pathways certificate.
Antonia Te Hatu-Lal lays tiles as part of a construction pathways certificate.

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