Vocational Student of the Year

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Winner: Karen Rose - Diploma of Logistics

Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan Gove
Registered training provider: Learning Partners

Studying her Diploma of Logistics through a stressful work period helped Karen adjust to a changing work environment. She saw the completion of her diploma as an opportunity to structure her learning and support her team during a tumultuous time as the curtailment of operations at Rio Tinto Alcan was proceeding.

The learnings from her studies assisted Karen in maintaining productivity while managing change effectively and with sensitivity. She says her sense of loss and grief in having to support the dismantling of a team of six years standing was counterbalanced by her focus on completing the diploma. She believes the benefits of her vocational education and training (VET) experience may assist other workplaces going through major change.

Karen’s VET experience has stimulated her to continue with her learning journey. She is researching further education opportunities she can pursue in a remote location such as Gove.

Runner up: Melissa Bridge - Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

Melissa’s previous studies in a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science were a leg up when she began her certificates in fitness. Her theoretical knowledge of anatomy and physiology put her ahead of the game and this was supported by her leadership skills and dedication to completing her studies at a high standard.

Melissa’s high standing even as a novice in the fitness industry is highlighted by her Most Outstanding Personal Trainer Award. Her trainer at Charles Darwin University (CDU) trusted Melissa to manage her personal training business while she was on study leave. She also supports her peers and has established a social media network of Darwin Personal Trainers to mentor and share knowledge and experience.

Melissa is continuing in her studies towards a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and is also undertaking specialised fitness short courses. After more than 13 years in the Australian Defence Force, including a stint overseas, she is excited at the new direction her career path has taken.

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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