By Michelle Dryburgh
New training opportunities are opening doors to employment, business ownership and independence for the people of Darwin.
It’s all thanks to a training organisation with a difference – and one which had its early beginnings right here in the Territory.
Learning Potential International’s Managing Director, Julie Inglis was born and raised in Parap, Darwin.
From a young age, Julie realised the isolation, challenges and opportunities of the region, and wanted to help unlock the potential of the people, and the area.
Learning Potential International was established in South Australia in 1998, and now offers government subsidised, affordable, flexible and targeted training opportunities, since expanding into the Northern Territory in 2013.
To best service the unique needs of region, Learning Potential has a local team based at Darwin’s Centrepoint Business Centre, and mobile training facilitators available to deliver flexible on-site training at various locations.
“Our vision is very much about unlocking potential, and we are thrilled to be doing this in the Northern Territory, where it really all began,” says Julie.
Learning Potential has already achieved life-changing outcomes for people in Darwin and the greater Territory, including their own staff.
Lyn Temby is the Local Coordinator of Learning Potential’s microbusiness programs. Unable to work since sustaining an acquired brain injury in a car accident 14 years ago, she is passionate about her role. “Lyn is an inspiration for us all,” says Julie.
Learning Potential’s customised training supports skilled migrants and international students, assists people with disability into employment and small business ownership, bridges the gap from Apprentice to Business for tradespeople, and gives contractors a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities.
The group is continuing to assist people to build a brighter future with new course offerings in 2015, including Certificate III in Micro Business Operations, Certificate IV in Small Business Management and TAE for trainers and assessors.
Employers can also access further education and training for an existing workforce, as well as LPI’s project management, leadership and business improvement programs.
“We have already seen a measurable level of success from our programs, but there are a lot of other benefits you can see but not measure, like increased confidence and self-esteem, and a person’s happiness and fulfilment,” says Julie.
“That’s why we get out of bed every day. Working with these groups, seeing them networking, finding jobs and starting their own business. That is our passion and we are very excited about the year ahead.”
Course offerings for 2015 will be presented at an information evening on Wednesday January 28 commencing at 5.30pm at Learning Potential’s Darwin Office, Centrepoint Business Centre, 48-50 Smith Street Mall. The two-hour session will enable you to start setting goals to achieve your aspirations in 2015
For more information visit
Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org