Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association - Pastoral Real Jobs Program

NTCA staff have been in full swing recruiting and training young men and women to take on full time employment with cattle stations across the Top End. The program has been offering 16 to 26-year olds a helping hand into the pastoral industry for 10 years and is run by a partnership between the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation.

Our new recruits completed their Pre- Employment Training block in March 2019 at the new Grant Hislop facility in Alice Springs and are now in the middle of their first round of mustering on their host stations. This is a crucial time for our staff to liaise with employers and mentor each individual through challenging times.

NTCA field officers engage with key industry employers across all regions of the NT, and match trainees to their employing stations. Ongoing mentoring and guidance is provided, to encourage and demonstrate resilience and work ethic, as well as provide support through personal and transitional challenges.

RJP participants and NTCA staff will be looking forward to having all the crew together at the Katherine Show in July, be sure to call by our show stand and say G’Day.

NTCA Staff Profile –Field Officer and Mentor Stewart Foster

My name is Stewart Foster from Doomadgee, Queensland. I work for the NTCA as a Field Officer and Mentor for the Pastoral Real Jobs Program. I started in this program as a 17 year-old in 2012 as a Real Jobs Participant on Manbulloo and Auvergne Stations. Since then I worked on several stations between QLD and the NT. I was honoured to be presented with the Alward Foster Memorial Emerging Indigenous Leadership Award. I have a passion for horses, cattle and helping others along so this has given me the best of both worlds. My goal now is to give back everything that others have helped me with and share knowledge that I’ve learned during my time in the Northern Pastoral Industry and to increase indigenous employment from communities and have successful trainees who will stay around and make long term careers in the industry.

Last updated: 30 April 2020

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