Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:34

Skills 21

Young Territorians have their eyes fixed on a bright future through the Project 21 program.

Based in Rapid Creek, Project 21 is a support service for young people with Down syndrome.

Named after chromosome 21, the duplication of which causes Down syndrome, Project 21 aims to provide opportunities for holistic engagement of young people with disabilities, many of whom face significant challenges in transitioning from a school environment to a work environment.

Project 21 aims to involve them in specially designed training programs and to create suitable work environments for people with disabilities, with the eventual aim of engaging trainees with the mainstream workforce. Trainees are engaged through a number of media, including computer graphics, dance, media, music, sign language and social activities.

As part of the wider Project 21 programme, YouthWorX NT works closely with Down Syndrome Association NT and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education on the Skills 21 programme. The project partners work together to deliver Certificate 1 in Education and Skills Development which underpins the educational learning required for future employment opportunities.

Skills 21 is a pilot program sponsored by Northern Territory Department of Business through an Equity Training grant, the current funding arrangement is scheduled to finish in April 2014. DSANT is seeking further funding to continue this valuable transition pathway for young people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities.  Through investment of educational and job placement experiences for this cohort, a future of employment and independence can be reached.  All enquiries welcomed, please contact YouthworxNT or the Down Syndrome Association NT.

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Friday, 06 December 2013 09:30

Groote Eylandt School to Work

Groote Eylandt (GE) is a remote community located 640 km south east of Darwin and 50 km off the Arnhem Coast. There are three indigenous communities in the archipelago – Angurugu and Umbakumba on Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra located on Bickerton Island, a short plane ride from GE. Each has their own early to senior year schools. There is also a school in the mining town of Alyangula. The purpose of this partnership is to open up the world of work to young people and to get them to see the importance of education for getting a job, with the aim of improving successful school to work transitions.


The partnership saw a need for an event that would give young people the opportunity to see just how many local jobs exist and to talk to employers and to local people who are employed in various sectors. It was decided to hold a Careers Expo – Ngambuwa? Where are you going? - followed by a networking business lunch for exhibitors. Employers were encouraged to have their exhibits run by local community employees so that young people could talk to fellow community members about their employment pathways.


  • 21 local employers exhibited and nearly 100 young people attended, including students from the four schools, job seekers and youth diversion clients
  • Young people engaged well with a wide range of employers and received valuable information about diverse employment opportunities on Eylandt
  • A highlight was the opportunity for Milyakburra senior students to showcase their social enterprise at the event, selling the products they had produced
  • One employer reported the sign up of 4 to 5 potential recruits, the most interest they had had for many years
  • Employers had the opportunity to network with other employers, establishing relationships that can often take a long time due to the nature of work in remote areas.

School/employer relationships were made and strengthened


The partnership is continuing to expand the experience of the world of work for young people who live in the archipelago. Currently Try a Skill is being planned for the first half of 2014, working with local employers and trainers.


I just wanted to thank you again for your awesome job and the great success it was due to your involvement. ~ Kevin Moriarty, Senior Teacher/Pathways Coordinator,, Alyangula School




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