Expression of Interest – Industry Development Pre-Employment Program

Full-time NTCA
  • Post Date : January 12, 2021
  • Apply Before : March 13, 2021
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Project Proposal Overview:

The NTCA Industry Development Pre- Employment Program is a progressive and innovative employment program that engages, trains and supports young Territorians whose employment opportunities have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.

The focus of this program is to equip young Territorians with a nationally accredited skill set that will assist them to instantly obtain employment within the pastoral sector. This outcome is achieved through the structured intensive delivery of nationally accredited units.

This program has been designed to prepare potential employees for living and working on remote cattle stations. Training is based around day-to-day activities carried out on working cattle stations. This program develops a skilled local workforce who can assist the NT pastoral industry to meet the current labour demands.

Further to this, the programs ambition is to increase young peoples’ engagement in the northern pastoral industry through the delivery of training and employment opportunities.

The NTCA Industry Development Pre-Employment Program will be supported by the NT Cattlemen’s Association membership base, who represent 90% of the NT’s pastoral industry. This membership base will provide employment opportunities to industry ready applicants who have completed the structured training. This program provides industry with a skilled workforce ready to commence, equip with the knowledge needed to hit the ground running.

The NTCA Industry Development Pre- Employment Program will focus on 3 key areas:


The NTCA will promote this program through the Department of Education and hold a pastoral expo in Top End, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. These expos will highlight the employment and training opportunities within the pastoral industry.

All young Territorians will be given the opportunity to apply for this program, however, ensuring candidates are suitable for these positions is critical to the program’s success.

The NTCA will, through information delivery and consultation ensure that applicants are provided the knowledge that they require to predetermine their suitability for roles within this industry. Applicants must show that they have an understanding of key elements of pastoral life, such as remote locations, potential lack of connectivity, physical labour.


A focused training period of intensive, multi-faceted learning, comprising of Industry-recognised accredited training, along with non-accredited workplace practices and cultural awareness training will ensure participants are employment ready.

Units for delivery will be taken from the Nationally Accredited AHC Training Package. This package has been selected to provide participants with maximum employability opportunity. It provides occupational outcomes in agriculture, horticulture and conservation land management and at least one and up to four other related industries.

Depending on the units selected, individuals will be able to seek employment not only in rural industries but also other industry sectors, such as local government, tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, information technology and metals.


The current demand for a skilled labour workforce is extremely high, weather permitting ‘the first round’ muster will commence after Easter.

This program is structured to provide industry with skilled candidates ready to commence employment.

The units in this course may contribute towards achieving AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture or AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations. This will be delivered through the engagement of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) who will provide participants with a detailed information session explaining Apprenticeship Pathways.

Intensive Training

This program can be delivered as a 3.5 week intensive training program delivered in Katherine or Alice Springs.

Tentative dates for the program in January 2021:

  • Alice Springs / GHF 11th to 29th January 2021
  • Katherine / KRC 1st to 19th February 2021


For more information contact:

Romy Carey
Executive Officer
Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association

Phone: 0437 934 755

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