School-based Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by GTNT.

Winner: Jane Alia - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

School: Darwin High School
Employer: Oral Health Services NT
Registered training provider: Department of Health

Jane Alia arrived from Sudan in 2008 and her desire and commitment to succeed in her new country has been outstanding. Jane epitomises all the attributes of a school-based apprentice with her sights set on becoming a dentist one day.

Having completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting, 18-year-old Jane has gained vital dentistry skills and an intimate knowledge of the work, conditions and pathways available to her in the oral health sector. Jane sees a skills shortage in oral health as her opportunity to become part of an industry that is reinventing itself to attract more people.

Given her background, Jane is a passionate advocate for programs to assist young people from different backgrounds struggling to fit into new lives. She volunteers at the Melaleuca Refugee Centre and helps women and young people feel welcomed and accepted in the community. A member of Darwin High School’s leadership team, Jane helps organise the school’s Biggest Morning Tea, Big Shave, 40 Hour Famine and other fundraising and awareness events.

Jane is the youth representative for the Northern Territory Council for Human Rights Education and also the vice-chair of Multicultural Youth Northern Territory (MyNT). In these roles, Jane speaks and lobbies politicians, Territory leaders and community groups about providing more positive opportunities and a better understanding of the unique needs of young Territorians.

Runner up: Zoey Kellaway - Certificate II in Community Studies

School: Taminmin College
Employer: GTNT
Host employer: Department of Health - Alcohol and Other Drugs Program Training Unit
Registered training provider: Department of Health

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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