In 2006 the Charles Darwin University conducted a leadership development project for rural and remote vocational education managers.
The aim of this project was that the VTE managers become strategic change agents for CDU within their remote localities and communities.
The milestones were a facilitated skills audit conducted on the group, a facilitated residential at Katherine Campus for the group targeting leadership development, continued leadership development utilizing work based projects via video conferencing, and a facilitated evaluation workshop. Some of the project's goals were not achieved satisfactorily.
Therefore it was necessary to find out how the participants responded to the methods and activities, and possibly improve them to be better prepared when the next similar project will be organized.
During my stay in Darwin I conducted a qualitative study to research the effectiveness of last year's project. I designed a questionnaire and sent it out to all participants of the Katherine residential, which took place in August 2006. I also visited the campuses in Katherine and Alice Springs to make interviews with some of the vocational education managers to ask them more specifically about last year's project. These trips also helped me to better understand their work and the problems they are facing due to their geographical and organizational isolation.