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The 2009 Northern Territory Training Award winners are:
Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by Australia Post.
Winner: Heath Wheeler - Certificate IV in Transport Logistics (Rail Operations)
Heath was influenced by his father's career as a locomotive driver, setting his sights on becoming a freight locomotive driver himself. Employed by Genesee Wyoming Australia, Heath completed a Certificate IV in Transport Logistics (Rail Operations) and has achieved the career of his dreams criss-crossing the great Australian terrain.
Heath attributes the skills he has gained from the support he has received through his trainers and workplace to the success of winning this award.
Runner up: Katharina Gerste - Certificate III in Multimedia
Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Winner: Raymond Brown - Certificate III in Carpentry
Raymond recommends training to anyone who is offered the opportunity as he was, by employer Patrick Homes Pty Ltd, to study a Certificate III in Carpentry at Charles Darwin University.
A long standing Central Australian man, Raymond sees the need to support the development of the Territory and has a vision to encourage others to become aware of what can be achieved through training. Raymond values the opportunity to win this award and looks forward to a bright future.
Runner up: Damien Clarke - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Communication
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Sponsored by Australian Apprenticeships NT.
Winner: Richard Baker - Certificate IV in Transport and Distribution (Aviation Flight Operations/Helicopter)
Richard's career has taken flight whilst he completed a Certificate IV in Transport and Distribution (Aviation Flight Operations/Helicopter). As a result of his training, Richard now works for Airborne Solutions in Katherine as a Line Pilot and enjoys showing the Nitmiluk Gorge to visiting tourists. He also provides a mustering service to local stations when he is needed. The sky is the limit for Richard, and it's contributed to his focus during the award process and beyond.
Runner up: Anthony Lew-Fatt - Certificate III in Financial Services
Vocational Student of the Year
Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce NT and the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.
Winner: Samantha Ziegler - Certificate III in Business
Student testimonial: Samantha is no stranger to training as she understands the value of qualifications to achieve her career goals. After completing a Certificate III in Business, Samantha experienced a smooth transition from school to work and is now able to use her administration and computer skills to their fullest, doing what she loves. Winning the award will help her pave the way for a successful career.
School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by Group Training NT.
Winner: Jarod Benton - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
Employed by the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sports and managed by Group Training NT, Jarrod completed a school-based apprenticeship while studying at Kormilda College. Jarrod completed a Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management at Charles Darwin University and is prepared to do what is needed to achieve a bright future in the drilling industry.
Runner up: Bianca Erlandson - Certificate III in Business Administration
VET in Schools Student of the Year
Sponsored by McArthur River Mining Pty Ltd.
Winner: Kirsten Hunter - Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
Certificate II in Sport and Recreation was Kirsten's choice while he attends Katherine High School with Charles Darwin University as his RTO. With playing for the AFL football code in his sight, Kirsten also wants to become a Sports Development Officer and immerses himself in the sport and recreation industry. He is on the way to his dream by working as much as he can as a volunteer at sports events in the community which provides him with a great basis to achieve his goals.
Runner up: Bryce McIntyre - Certificate I in Engineering and Certificate I in Information Technology
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Southern Cross Austereo.
Winner: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd
Runner up: Traditional Credit Union
Training Provider of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Australian Navy in the North.
Winner: Charles Darwin University
Runner up: Taminmin High School
VET Trainer of the Year
Sponsored by Mr Richard Ryan AO.
Winner: Marlene Organ, Nhulunbuy High School
Runner up: Angela Pattinson, NT Department of Justice - NT Correctional Services
VET in Schools Excellence Awards
Sponsored by Conoco Phillips.
Winner: Taminmin High School
Runner up: Charles Darwin University
Training Initiative Award
Sponsored by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Winner: Rio Tinto Alcan
Runner up: Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services in partnership with Group Training Northern Territory.