Eight Yolngu trainees are currently working on their Certificate II in asset maintenance and fire protection as part of Nhulunbuy YBE's bid to give local workers skills that will enable them to find work within their own communities.
"With the skills they learn they get new qualifications and their confidence grows" YBE's Damien Djerrkura said.
"By training employees from other local businesses including Gumatj and Laynhapuy, we also up-skill other organisations, as the trainees go back to their workplaces with new skills."
Trainer and assessor Craig Oldroyd said as part of the fire protection course - which runs for two days a week over a three-month period, the trainees would learn how to service fire extinguishers, hose reels, hydrants and fire blankets, as well as test and tag electrical appliances.
"You can tell the guys are really interested in the course as we have close to 100% attendance," Mr Oldroyd said.
"I'm very impressed with their commitment, they are all very keen to learn new things."
Mr Oldroyd said thanks to the support of local businesses, the training, the first of its kind for local Indigenous people - would lead to ongoing maintenance work for the Yolngu workers.
"And the more experience they get, the more job opportunities will open up for them," he said.
Trainee Gerar Mununggurr said the program was like "a breath of fresh air", teaching him and his fellow trainees new skills and provided "exciting" expertise out in the field.
"We're definitely kicking some goals with the program," he said.
After completion of their Certificate II the trainees will be offered the opportunity to extend it to a Cert III.
Article Arafura Times Edition 1091