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Supporting Jobs: 47 New Graduates in NT-led English Language Program in Dili

A Timor-Leste English language program run by the NT Education Department continues to go from strength to strength with 47 students set to graduate tomorrow.

Education Minister Selena Uibo will attend the graduation ceremony of this year’s group of SenaiNT English Language Program students, who have successfully completed their Certificate 1 and 2 in Spoken and Written English.

The Australian-accredited qualification enables the students to learn English language, literacy and numeracy skills, to open pathways to further education and training or to gain jobs.

The graduates can then also seek work in Australia as part of the seasonal worker program.

Since opening in October 2015, nearly 400 students have completed English-language programs through SenaiNT, which has a 95 per cent attendance rate.

The centre aims to strengthen the Northern Territory’s position as a gateway between Australia and Asia through education and strengthen education and training partnerships between the Territory and Timor-Leste.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education and Minister for Workforce Training, Selena Uibo

“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is jobs and this program not only improves the future education and employment prospects of those who undertake it, it plays a critical role in helping our NT farmers fill seasonal horticultural positions.

“We are extremely pleased to see this program so well received in Timor, with more than 70 per cent of graduates engaged in employment or further education.

“Demand continues to grow, with more than 700 students applying each semester.”


Ms Uibo leaves on Sunday, 2 September and returns on Monday, 3 September.

Travel costs for the Minister and one staff member:

Airfares: $1681.62

Accommodation: $384.66


Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683 144