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Magic happens - Globally. A Skills Week Celebration

Monday, September 1 2014

Parliament House was the host venue for a celebration to welcome and thank international students who have chosen to live and learn in the Territory.

This celebration was a National Skills Week initiative, proudly supported by the Northern Territory and hosted by ACPET.  This year’s theme for Skills Week is a Magical Mystery Tour of Skills.  While we traditionally think of skills as just domestic students, apprentices and trainees, the reality is that the international VET student market is on the increase, although still in its infancy in the Territory with only 180 VET students.  This does, however represent a 27% increase on last years figures. 

Nationally there are over 100,000 VET students from offshore in Australia out of a total of 420 000 international students, with over 200 000 in higher education, 82 000 in ELICOS (English language) and 14 000 in schools.

International students at the celebration were invited from Charles Darwin University, Navitas and ICAE, as well as some domestic students attending from BCA to join in the festivities.

The day commenced with a dramatic indigenous dance and music display by One Mob, followed by an Aussie word test, Aussie tucker, thong throwing and with students encouraged to put paint to canvass to reflect their images of Australia.

Students were also invited to share thoughts and experiences of their time in the Territory and to write messages to friends and families in their home countries on their Territory experiences. The unanimous view was the Territory was welcoming, ‘happy go lucky’, friendly with ‘easy going people’ and it is ‘Hot!!”.  All up, a fun day of sharing and collaboration, with an appreciation by our international guests for budgie smugglers and thongs – that you wear on your feet.

Our thanks again to the NT Government for supporting this burgeoning sector.  


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