2017 award winners

2017 winners

Northern Territory Vocational Education and Training Hall of Fame

Inaugural inductee, Vale Mike Harrison

Mike was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the sector over a 30 year career in vocational education and training in the Northern Territory (NT).

The winners of the 2017 Northern Territory Training Awards are:

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by ISACNT.

Winner: Thomas Moulds, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Employer: Electric NT
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Thomas Moulds completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician this year.

In addition to the qualification he has also obtained multiple tickets through short courses such as Working at Heights, Working in Confined Spaces, First Aid, Advanced First Aid, LV Rescue, CPR, Test and Tag and an EWP Licence. 

Employed by Electric NT, his employer says, “due to his diligence and skill levels, Tom is on his way to becoming our main switchboard manufacturer and he is now teaching his skills to our other apprentices”.

Tom says a trade can be rewarding, can offer a lifetime career and that there are many different vocational pathways for people to choose. He has been playing soccer for 16 years and enjoys the teamwork skills he’s learned in sport and applying them to his work environment.In 2016 Thomas won the NT Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award.

Runner-up: Timothy Childs, Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems

Employer: Power Water Corporation
Registered training organistion: Aurecon
Group training organistion: Group Training Northern Territory (GTNT)

Twenty-nine year old mature aged apprentice Timothy Childs successfully finished his linesman apprenticeship in 2016 completing a Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems (Overhead Distribution). 

So successful was he, that his employer, GTNT and his host business, Power Water Corporation, offered him a second apprenticeship to become a qualified electrician studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Timothy won the GTNT, Most Outstanding Apprentice stage 1, Most Outstanding Apprentice stage 2 and Most Outstanding Apprentice stage 3 in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Timothy has represented GTNT at numerous events including the Skills, Employment and Career Expo encouraging other ‘would be’ apprentices.

He is committed to vocational education and training and advocate for the ongoing life opportunities that learning provides.

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by NEC.

Winner: Teah McCallum, Certificate III in Business

Employer: Department of Corporate and Information Services, Northern Territory Government
Registered training provider: Dovaston Training
Group training organisation: GTNT

Teah McCallum started as a school-based trainee, completed year 12 and transitioned into work with the NT Government as a full-time trainee. She completed her Certificate III in Business in 2017 and is now working to complete her Certificate IV.

Her training and hard work has enabled Teah to secure a temporary position as a program advisor, well above the trainee level that she commenced at and above her normal substantive position.

As an employee of the Employment Programs Unit for the NT Government she is a strong advocate for training and development and has had opportunities to participate in and promote employment programs in job fairs, career expos and open days.

Runner up: James Acton, Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Construction Materials Testing)

Employer: HiQA Geotechnical Solutions
Registered training provider: ABC Consulting

James Acton is a focused young man who completed, in 2016, his Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Construction Material Testing) in just over six months. He has now commenced a Diploma of Laboratory Technology with the aim of becoming both a senior technician and being a National Association of Testing Authorities signatory for his employer HiQA Geotechnical Solutions.

James prides himself on being able to work independently in very remote places far from phone reception and hundreds of kilometres from a major town. He has experience working as a both a field and laboratory technician and is highly motivated by his work.

James lives by the motto, gleaned from his laboratory manager, that 'there are no stupid questions, questions are free. A stuff-up isn’t' and he is keen to keep improving his skills and professional capacity through vocational training.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by East Arnhem Regional Council.

Winner: Karen Rogers, Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Employer: Ngukurr Aboriginal Art Corporation
Registered training provider: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Having previously completed a Diploma of Business and working in payroll, Karen Rogers changed her lifestyle and career through art and training. Enrolling in a Certificate IV in Visual Arts she expanded her knowledge and skills set, learned many new techniques and completed her qualification in 2016.

Today Karen is an artist and is employed by the Ngukurr Aboriginal Art Corporation as sales person and director. She now earns a living from what she loves.

Karen uses her business skills and creativity to support others in producing pieces that are both creative and likely to sell.

Karen is excited by on-line and digital technologies that allow artists to showcase and sell their works to the world and she has personally seen her designs be reproduced on fabrics and other items. 

She says that new ways to express stories, culture and identity using business models that capitalise on technology advances must be integral in formal training.

Runner up: Lloyd Mitjpadada, Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Employer: East Arnhem Regional Council
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

Twenty-three year old Yolngu man Lloyd Mitjpadada joined the East Arnhem Regional Council in 2013 and currently works as sport and recreation officer after completing his Certificate II in Sport and Recreation last year.

The council’s Youth, Sport and Recreation Program aims to create healthy minds and bodies through sport, recreation, art and cultural activities and it is Lloyd’s job to lead and coordinate many of these activities. Lloyd is a respected young man, student and employee in his community.

Lloyd is the only Yolgnu youth, sport and recreation mentor in East Arnhem Land and is now in the process of completing his Certificate III in Sports and Recreation. Lloyd is very supportive of ‘ongoing’ learning and can see the benefits. He says, “it is important in remote communities that we learn both ways”.

In addition to his Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, Lloyd has also attained a Certificate I in Horticulture, a First Aid Certificate and was awarded the Adrian Wagg Encouragement Award in 2016 by Northern Territory Government’s Department of Business.

Vocational Student of the Year

Winner: Patrick Rivers, Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice (Statutory Child Protection) and Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management)

Employer: Territory Families, Northern Territory Government
Registered training provider: Australian Childhood Foundation

Patrick’s vocational education and training (VET) pathway began in 2013 when he enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services and the following year in 2014 in the Certificate IV. In 2015 he enrolled in and graduated from a Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention and this year has seen him graduate from a Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice (Statutory Child Protection) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Community Service (Client Assessment and Case Management). 

Patrick is employed by Territory Families, the Northern Territory Government agency responsible for the care and protection of children. His commitment to his work and his studies are driven by his own personal experiences as a teenager and being assisted and supported by case-workers to make positive choices in his life.

Patrick is now 24 years of age and was a previous finalist in the 2014 NT Training Awards, Vocational Student of the Year category.

Runner up: Richard Vogt, Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate IV in Fitness

Employer: Rich Life Health and Fitness
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

Richard Vogt gave up a secure job as regional manager with an offshore gas and drilling company to study and graduate with a Certificate III and a Certificate IV in Fitness to follow his passion and start his own fitness business, Rich Life and Fitness.

Richard has worked with the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services and is keen to develop physical programs specific for Aboriginal people to reduce the risks of lifestyle disease that are prevalent throughout communities. He is also in the process of establishing a fitness studio for his clients and will undertake additional training in ‘core strength’ courses to help clients suffering from back issues.

Richard was awarded the Most Outstanding CDU Certificate III Fitness Student Award for 2016.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by GTNT.

Winner: Kate Gornall, Certificate III in Business

Employer: Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, Northern Territory Government
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University
Group training organisation: GTNT

Throughout 2016 and year 11, Kate Gornall worked on her school-based traineeship and Certificate III in Business with the NT Government’s, Office of the Public Service Commissioner as well as working for the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank at O’Loughlin Catholic College. 

In 2017 she intends to complete Year 12 and is taking on a Certificate III in Tourism with Charles Darwin University.

Kate is the recipient of an impressive array of awards for academic and dance achievements. From a young age Kate became involved with Darwin Performance Academy (DPA) and has danced in national competitions as well as becoming an assistant dance teacher.

On top of her school work, her VET and traineeship commitments Kate also works as a receptionist for DPA.

Runner up: Jaiden Thompson, Certificate III in Electrotechnology

Employer: JC Electronic Security
Training provider: Charles Darwin University

Jaiden was working part-time with JC Electronic Security when he was offered a school-based apprenticeship to join the firm and undertake a Certificate III in Electrotechnology. 

Undertaking the school-based apprenticeship allows Jaiden to realise several goals, namely finishing year 12 and working towards an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank as well as gaining qualifications, skills and work experience.

In 2016, Jaiden was asked to be the school’s Career Acceleration Pathway ambassador, the first year according to Jaiden that a VET student had been recognised as a school leader.

Jaiden also completed training for his White Card, Working Safely at Heights and First Aid.

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sponsored by Glencore’s McArthur River Mine.

Winner: Cameron Brodie, Certificate I in Automotive and Certificate II in Maritime Operations

Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University and AMFA

VET in School Student Cameron Brodie has achieved quite a bit in a short life.

The 16 year old is a student at the Good Shepherd Lutheran College where as part of his studies he is undertaking a Certificate I in Automotive and a Certificate II in Maritime Operations.

Cam’s school has received great employer feedback and he has started to enjoy learning more as he tackles new opportunities on top of his classroom work.

As a senior cadet he is an active member of the St John Ambulance Cadet Program and he attends weekly meetings to help junior cadets and train alongside adults. He is also a member of the NTFL Junior Umpiring Academy; on the school pit crew for the Pedal Prix competion; a LIONS volunteer and award recipient; as well as a volunteer for many other organisations and activities.

Runner up: Alison Morrison, Certificate III in Agriculture

School: Tennant Creek High School
Registered training organisation: Department of Education

VET in School Student Alison Morrison is from Borroloola and boards in Tennant Creek to attend high school where she is completing Certificate III in Agriculture as part of her Northern Territory Certificate of Education.

Alison has a passion for working with animals and an interest in horses, cattle and the livestock industry. English is not Alison’s first language and she attributes practical vocational education and training with advancements in her English literacy and numeracy.

Alison is a member of the Stars Foundation, a girl’s engagement program that has given her the opportunity to participate in ANZAC day activities and NAIDOC week events as well as experience excursions in urban settings.

In Tennant Creek she lives in a hostel and plays a leading role in supporting younger students also from the Barkly Region who board to attend high school.

In previous years Alison completed a Certificate I in AgriFood Operations and a Certificate II in Rural Operations. 

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

Winner: Fiona Plunkett

Subject area: Agriculture and rural operations, beef cattle production, horsemanship
Employer: Charles Darwin University

Fiona Plunkett is responsible for Charles Darwin University’s Workplace Trainee Program working with beef production enterprises in the pastoral and agricultural industry. A large part of her role is ensuring that the training is up-to-date and relevant for industry clients.

Currently the program works with 39 cattle stations and nearly 200 students and Fiona and her team spend a lot of their time working remotely in dusty cattle yards. They encounter significant challenges ensuring resources are contextualised, engaging, and support literacy and numeracy requirements in environments that experience technological obstacles, such as poor or non-existent digital access and telephony services.

In addition Fiona trains clients at the rural campus in Katherine, including participants of the NT Cattleman’s Association Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program and recently presented a case study, with a colleague, to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, entitled Tall Tales from the Top End: A Case Study of education, training and employment in the Northern Territory.

Runner up: Howard Pullen

Subject areas: Electrotechnology
Employer: Charles Darwin University

Howard Pullen commenced work as an electrician in 1968 and since that time has owned and managed electrotechnology related firms, worked as a trainer and engaged in further study to become the trainer he is today.

With a depth and breadth of industry experience, he is innovating training delivery at Charles Darwin University with the introduction of 24/7 internationally recognised, performance based, computer aided instruction program in electronics training used by the US Defence Forces and designed for the Aerospace industry.

As a person who believes teachers should adopt constant learning and adaptation to new technologies, he tries to make his delivery as interesting, as varied and challenging as possible. He draws his enthusiasm from positive student feedback and says he in turn never stops learning from the students themselves.

Small Employer of the Year

Sponsored by NT News.

Winner: Nail Lovers

Nail Lovers opened in 2012. Finding it difficult to recruit qualified nail technicians the salon owners embarked on a program of vocational education and training to ensure professionalism, customer service and high standards of hygiene.

VET has helped the business to streamline and professionalise its approach to training offering employees a Certificate III in Nail Technology. The VET qualification is supported with on-the-job training, monthly training nights to discuss trends, new product knowledge and showcase the latest techniques.

The business has 14 employees in a mix of full, part-time, casual and apprenticeship roles. The business is delighted that the training regime appears to have brought about stability in employee numbers and that half the staff have now been with the firm for over two years.

Runner up: Rainbows Holy Family Early Learning Centre

The Rainbows Early Learning Centre provides long day care and pre-school for children age two and a half to five years of age. 

The centre has seven trainees undertaking Certificate III in Early Education and Care or a Diploma of Early Education and Care. Last financial year, two of the centre’s leaders completed a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and are now undertaking the Certificate IV in Business. 

The business supports the training with paid study time and a culture that encourages learning. 

Training plans have been developed for each staff member and employees are expected to attend external courses and workshops to stay current, such as behaviour management, team development, programming, autism awareness, cultural sensitivity, and work, health and safety training. 

The Rainbow Centre management attributes vocational education and training as a key factor in ensuring staff retention, promoting a culture of excellence and delivering a level of customer satisfaction that enables the centre to thrive.

Medium Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Charles Darwin University.

Winner: Hastings Deering

Hastings Deering has been operating in the Northern Territory for 69 years, has 114 local employees and 26 contractors with business centres in Darwin, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy. The company specialises in sale of Caterpillar equipment, and parts and service support.

Hastings Deering has its own registered training organisation and has developed training packages tailored to specific areas of the business, always striving to be on the cutting-edge and ensuring the safety of its people. 

The company believes much of its financial success in the Northern Territory is directly attributable to its training, safety and after sales expertise of its staff.

Runner up: HiQa

HiQa has 26 staff and has traded for nine years specialising in geotechnical testing for the mining, construction and defence industries. The company developed its own bespoke program to recruit and train local people for the testing profession to counter the skill shortage challenges faced by the business.

The firm’s training program centres on meeting customer expectations and includes qualifications in laboratory work, civil construction and leadership and management. HiQa has 12 technicians engaged in either a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or a Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

HiQa knows VET is the key to ensuring ongoing productivity and without it, is at risk of not being the geotechnical-testing laboratory of preferred choice.

Large Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television.

Winner: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

The congress medical service commenced in Alice Spring in 1975 employing a doctor and an Aboriginal health worker to work alongside. 

The service is moving from strength to strength with two new clinics opened in Sadadeen and Larapinta continuing to provide culturally appropriate community-controlled services that are welcoming for Aboriginal people.

Congress today is an organisation made up of over 350 full-time, part-time and casual employees that spends about 5% of total payroll on training and development of its people. 

It has recently increased its Aboriginal workforce to 51%, established an Aboriginal Health Practitioner Training Program, implemented internal Indigenous Mentoring Program, has a Cadetship Program and currently has almost 50 staff members undertaking VET qualifications.

Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Hastings Deering.

Winner: Charles Darwun University

Vocational education and training at CDU delivers more that 160 qualifications from Certificate I to Diploma level. 

CDU has well over 10,000 students, campuses in Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Nhulunbuy and offers on-line, blended and face-to-face modes of learning.

The registered training organisation takes pride in delivering services across regional, remote and very remote Northern Territory to diverse, Aboriginal, multi-cultural and mainstream communities. In this complex environment CDU scored over 95% as part of the Student Outcome Survey for students recommending training to others - well above the national outcome of 89.7%.

CDU is committed to working with industry, creating purpose built courses to meet local needs and being an integral part of the Northern Territory’s economic and social development agenda.

Runner up: Nungalinya College

Nungalinya College is a combined (Anglican, Catholic, Uniting) churches, registered training organisation with 428 Aboriginal students. Working in partnership with Indigenous churches in remote communities each year the college receives more applications than it can cater for.

Nungalinya is proud of the work its doing in Indigenous education and the great improvements the college has made in student retention and completion rates as well as the extended course offerings in training Aboriginal teachers for the future.

The college has embarked on introducing assistant cultural advisors in classes to assist with language barriers encountered during the learning process and students report they love coming to Nungalinya because they feel safe - physically, culturally and spiritually.

Industry Collaboration Award

Sponsored by ISACNT.

Winner: The Hidden Workforce - Carers NT, Crest NT and Response Training Employment

Called The Hidden Workforce, the collaboration project aimed to qualify existing unqualified carers with a Certificate III in Individual Support. The project was formed to meet the skills requirements of the National Disability Service and the needs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as the scheme is rolled out in the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory, like the rest of Australia needs more qualified community services workers including carers in future years.

Carers NT worked to identify potential students, Crest NT project managed the collaboration and mentored the carers, while Response Training Employment was engaged to deliver the training and flexible learning environment for student success.

There were a number of successful outcomes for the industry and students alike. Of the 20 students, 17 carers completed and graduated with the qualification. The industry now has more qualified carers and some individuals have already gone on to find paid employment as a direct result of their training.

Runner up: Cadet Program - NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, BCA National Training Group and the Department of Education

The NT Police, Fire and Emergency Service (NTPFES) Cadet Program for secondary school students is a joint initiative between NTPFES, the NT Department of Education and BCA National Training Group to provide career pathways to year 11 and 12 students.

At the end of 2016, Cadet Squad One, saw the graduation of 12 cadets, 7 of who have gone on to employment with the Tri-Services.

The Cadet Program runs over two years with students studying a Certificate III in Business through BCA National Training Group and Certificate II in Community Engagement with the NTPFES registered training organisation. BCA National has tailored the training to relate to Tri-Services operation.

Employment is not guaranteed but opportunities exist for applications as auxiliary, constable, Aboriginal community police officer and AO2 and AO3 government positions.


2016 winners

The winners of the 2016 Northern Territory Training Awards are:

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund.

Winner: Ella Cavallaro - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Employer: Power and Water Corporation
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Territory born and bred Ella Cavallaro has worked in the NT’s electrical sector for 10 years. She was the first female linesperson apprentice in the Territory, and in October 2015 graduated with her second apprenticeship - as an electrician. 

During her apprenticeship at Power and Water, Ella got to move around the business, spending time underground and servicing its low voltage and high voltage assets. She also helped maintain the Channel Island power station, giving her an insight into instrumentation.

Ella is a strong advocate for women in trades and is nominating for the award to show other females that they can be successful in a career like hers. One of Ella’s proudest achievements during her apprenticeship is starting the 'Sparkettes', a support group that presents at career expos and schools to promote her trade to girls.

Outside work, Ella loves fishing and drums for local blues band '19 Miles and Counting'.

Runner-up: Courtney Cameron - Certificate Ill in Commercial Cookery

Employer: Waterfront Bistro, Darwin Sailing Club
Registered training provider: CDU

From year 9, Courtney Cameron knew she wanted to be a chef. She started her apprenticeship at 16 with a steakhouse before moving over to her current employer, the Waterfront Bistro at the Darwin Sailing Club, in 2013.

Courtney entered every cooking competition she could during her apprenticeship, with fantastic results. She represented the NT in the Nestlé Gold Chef’s Hat Award national finals in Sydney in 2013. Back in Darwin that same year, she won a gold medal in the Australian Apprenticeship competition and placed second in the Taste of the Territory Culinary Challenge, with her dish winning overall most outstanding main course.

Twenty-year-old Courtney completed her Certificate Ill in Commercial Cookery with CDU in September 2015. Her achievements outside the kitchen are climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to cure her fear of heights and travelling solo through New Zealand, exploring the north and south islands.

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Apprentice Employment Network.

Winner: Neda Aleksic - Certificate III in Business

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: BCA National Training Group
Registered training provider: BCA National Training Group

When young mother Neda Aleksic started her search for an administration role, she found her lack of experience and previous study a challenge. She opted instead for a traineeship with BCA National studying a Certificate III in Business, which she completed in November 2015 through GTNT.

Neda is now employed full-time in an office administration role with BCA National. She also completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in late 2015, and thanks to both qualifications is working towards a more advanced training coordinator role. She is already hosting orientation sessions for incoming students.

Looking forward, Neda plans additional study in a Certificate IV in Mental Health to support her role.

In her free time, 23-year-old Neda enjoys exercising and coaches her six-year-old son’s soccer team. At the time of writing, she was preparing to MC her friend’s wedding of more than 300 guests. 

Runner up: Patricia Seden - Certificate III in Business

Employer: Airducter
Registered training provider: Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre

Before she took up a short-term contract as a part-time data entry clerk at Airducter, Patricia Seden found it difficult to present confidently at job interviews and find work.

She impressed her new employer, however, and was soon offered a full-time receptionist position and a traineeship to complete a Certificate Ill in Business via the Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre. Patricia graduated in April 2016.

Patricia’s traineeship has given her many new skills, such as payroll processing, operating computer systems, running reception and providing administration support. Her on-the-job experience significantly helped with her studies because both related well to each other. Patricia plans to study for a Certificate IV in Business next.

Outside work, Patricia, 23, is proud to have purchased her first car and, late last year, her own home. Her job also means she can travel interstate to visit family more often.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by East Arnhem Regional Council

Winner: Dawn Ivinson - Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management) and Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice (Statutory Child Protection)

Employer: Territory Families
Registered training provider: The Australian Childhood Foundation

Dawn Ivinson is a senior Aboriginal worker for Territory Families, leading a team of four Aboriginal community workers. She completed a double post-graduate qualification in Community Services Practice - Client Assessment and Case Management, and Statutory Child Protection in October 2015.

A proud ATSI woman and single mother of three, Dawn has spent the last nine years working with vulnerable children and families. Her earlier VET study achievements are a Diploma of Child Youth and Family Intervention, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Now her study plan is complete, Dawn’s goal is to move into the managerial stream where she can make more of a difference for her families and mentor others.

Dawn’s achievements include co-facilitating a 'Sorry Day 2013' event and representing the department at the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Conference in 2015. She’s a keen hockey player and an NT Commissioner of Oaths.

Runner up: Charles Lechleitner - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Employer: Central Land Council
Registered training provider: Batchelor Institute

Fifty-five-year-old Charles Lechleitner has come a long way since his first job as an Aboriginal station hand in the 1970s, when he was paid in trousers, a hat and boots.

After little formal education in his younger years, Charles started studying for a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (CLM) with Batchelor Institute in Alice Springs in 2012, the same year he began work as a Ltyentye Apurte ranger with the Central Land Council. Charles graduated with his Certificate III in CLM in late 2015. He is now studying for his Certificate IV and working towards a senior ranger role.

Through his training, Charles has learnt many new skills essential for remote ranger work, like chemical handling, welding, machinery maintenance and fencing. His specialisation in erosion work earned him an invitation to co-present at the National Rangelands Conference in 2015 about his soil conservation and rehabilitation work in his community.

Vocational Student of the Year

Winner: Ashlee Coleman - Certificate III and Certificate IV in Community Services

Employer: Machado Joseph Disease Foundation
Registered training provider: CDU

After starting a degree she discovered wasn’t right for her, Ashlee Coleman later enrolled in a Certificate III in Community Services then a Certificate IV, which she graduated from in May 2016. She chose community services for her interest in working with disadvantaged groups such as youth and women at risk, cultural minorities and Indigenous people. She’s now also studying a psychology degree.

Ashlee, 20, successfully integrated her on and off-the-job training into her work placement, applying knowledge from her classes to real-life work situations. Training in both certificates significantly increased Ashlee’s teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Her most recent placement was so successful that she continues to work there as a volunteer.

Born and bred in Darwin, Ashlee loves to travel and recently returned from an overseas trip where she gained more awareness of how other Western societies live, further motivating her to continue her studies in this area.

Runner up: Ayak Magok - Certificate Ill in Early Childhood Education and Care

Employer: Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
Registered training provider: Transforming Training

Ayak Magok’s family came to Darwin from Sudan as refugees. As the eldest child, Ayak has always taken care of her siblings, so childcare was her natural career choice. She commenced study of a Certificate Ill in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015 with a casual voluntary work placement in child care at the Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, finishing her study in November 2015.

Ayak, 21, overcame early language difficulties to become an asset to her employer, who spoke highly of her ability to relate well to the children and staff. She was soon offered a paid part-time position and more responsibility. Ayak was able to balance her work, home and study life to successfully complete her Certificate Ill and commence studying the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Ayak is heavily involved in Darwin’s multicultural community and her local church, recently helping to organise a World Refugee Day event.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by GTNT

Winner: Dimiti Andresen - Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting

School: Centralian Senior College
Employer: Department of Health - Oral Health Services
Registered training provider: NT Department of Health

Year 12 student Dimiti Andresen, 17, is a school-based apprentice at Centralian Senior College in Alice Springs. She started studying for a Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting in April 2015 and has a full-time role with the NT Government’s Oral Health Services branch. Dimiti is also working towards a Certificate Ill in Business.

As a dental assistant, Dimiti assists a dentist during oral health care procedures. She has progressed well in her training and can work autonomously, with support, on certain procedures. She has learnt about dental conditions and procedures, how to safely mix chemicals and how to sterilise instruments.

Before work and study, Dimiti supported her Alice Springs community through Riding for the Disabled, Girl Guides and St John Ambulance Cadets. She plans to return to volunteering when her studies are complete. She recently helped the APEX Club of Alice Springs fundraise for a local family that needed some support.

Runner up: Hannah Christopher - Certificate II in Community Services and Certificate III in Education Support

School: NT Christian College
Employer: NT Christian Schools
Registered training provider: Transforming Training

Hannah Christopher, 16, enrolled in her Certificate Il in Community Services in February 2015 as a year 11 student at NT Christian College, completing it in November the same year. She is due to complete her Certificate Ill in Education Support in November 2016.

Hannah’s parents also look after boarding students, so after growing up in a house full of Indigenous girls who had homework support each week, Hannah decided she wanted a similar career. She became a homework tutor to students at her own school and her career pathway became clear.

Hannah chose an Australian school-based apprenticeship because it opens up pathways to further learning and allows her to blend both on and off-the-job training.

In her free time, Hannah plays badminton, preaches at church and is the vice-captain for Marrara Christian College.

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sponsored by Glencore’s McArthur River Mine

Winner: Scarlett Gray - Certificate IV in Fitness

School: Darwin High School
Registered training provider: CDU

While studying year 11 in 2015, Scarlett Gray completed her Certificate III and IV in Fitness. She soon started work as a receptionist at a gym, and within a month was running fitness sessions twice a week. Now in year 12 at Darwin High School, 17-year-old Scarlett has her own personal training business with both group training and one-on-one clients. When she finishes school, Scarlett plans to study nutrition and dietetics.

In 2016, Scarlett represented Snap Fitness for the ‘My PT Rules’ competition between Snap Fitness and Hot100, volunteering her time for eight weeks to train four people twice a week. Her team won the first challenge and the overall competition as the team that lost the most weight.

In 2015, Scarlett was one of 15 school students who went to Malaysia for a month for ‘World Challenge’, where they had to budget, find accommodation and organise transport with no adult help.

Runner up: Savanne Canobie - Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

School and registered training provider: Nhulunbuy High School

Savanne Canobie is in year 12 at Nhulunbuy High School and is currently completing her Certificate Il in Engineering Pathways - the only female in her course. She won the CDU ASPIRE scholarship for 2014-17. Her goal is to become an electrician.

Savanne completed her Certificate Il in Resource and Infrastructure in 2014. At her school’s VET presentation ceremonies in 2014 and 2015, Savanne was recognised for her outstanding consistency, effort and commitment to her VETiS courses. She also won the Academic Achievement Award for both years.

Outside her studies, Savanne is an active member of her local surf lifesaving club, representing Nhulunbuy for surf lifesaving in Broome at the 2015 NT titles. She’s a consistent member of the school SRC and last year was invited to join the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. She also represented Nhulunbuy in touch football at the 2015 and 2016 NT titles in Darwin.

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

Winner: Liam Fraser

Subject area: Construction
Employer: Batchelor Institute

Liam Fraser, 34, is a carpenter and senior lecturer at the Batchelor Institute where he leads an academic team in construction. He joined Batchelor Institute as a VET lecturer in 2013 after prison-based projects teaching and training inmates. He received on-the-job mentoring while teaching all 15 units in the Certificate II in Construction. Liam was promoted to senior lecturer in 2016.

Liam trains students, including inmates, across the Territory - in prison, on campuses, in classrooms and on building sites. All his students are Indigenous and many have experienced obstacles to education and confidence in learning. His challenge is to build confidence in students and gain their trust, enabling positive transformative learning experiences to occur.

In 2015, of 219 students enrolled in construction certificates at Batchelor Institute, 80% graduated. In the prison, 43 graduated with Certificate II (increasing from 25 in 2014).

Runner up: Tammy Healey

Subject areas: Business studies
Employer: CDU

Tammy Healey joined CDU in Katherine as the VET business lecturer in April 2011. She has lived in the NT for 15 years - seven in Katherine.

Tammy delivers the Certificate Il, Ill and IV in Business to students from both the public and private sector in the Katherine region. She also delivers the VETiS program to students from Katherine High School and St Joseph's College and the Indigenous Employment Program in conjunction with the NT Government.

Tammy’s most significant challenge was rebuilding the CDU business section in the region. With one student enrolled when she started her position, she now has a strong and diverse cohort of business students spread over large geographical area.

A firm advocate of employer engagement in work-based learning, Tammy works closely with many employers in her region to develop programs that help transfer learning in the workplace.

Small Employer of the Year

Sponsored by NT News

Winner: Electric NT

Electric NT has been operating in the Territory since November 2008. It specialises in a number of commercial electrical applications, including air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, mining facilities, commercial cooking and food preparation equipment and water and sewerage pumping systems.

The business provides ongoing training in trade-specific areas and in safety. It employs four apprentices, seven electricians and two administration staff. In 2014, three Electric NT apprentices won a number of training awards.

In 2016, Electric NT was invited to join the Carrier Controls Expert Program - the first Australian organisation asked to do so. More than 600 organisations belong to the program in the US. The program certifies technicians to deliver the highest level of expertise in installing, calibrating and servicing Carrier HVAC controls systems, requiring dedication to controls training and continuing employee education.

Having a well-trained workforce where sharing knowledge is promoted benefits Electric NT by increasing productivity and the team’s knowledge base.

Runner up: Nail Lovers Darwin

Nail Lovers Darwin was established in Casuarina Square in 2012 and specialises in nail care, treatments and enhancements. The business started with five employees, including its two founders. It now employs 10 people - two senior nail technicians, seven manicurists and one receptionist - in a combination of full-time, part-time, casual and apprentice capacities.

Two staff are currently completing a Certificate Il in Nail Technology through CDU. Another two are with the Australian Apprenticeship program. The director of the business recently completed a disinfection control course through CDU.

Nail Lovers Darwin was the proud winner of Best Retailer of the Year in 2014 in the service category and came second in 2015.

For Nail Lovers Darwin, training staff has meant better work health and safety practices and productivity improvements. Staff turnover has also decreased dramatically since the business has increased its investment in training.

Medium Employer of the Year

Winner: Probuild (NT) Pty Ltd

Probuild (NT) Pty Ltd is civil and commercial construction company with offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. The company was established as a family business in Alice Springs 23 years ago and has grown significantly.

Of its 57 employees, around 9% are actively engaged in training. Apprentices spend about 190 hours per month in training. Company policy is to employ at least two additional apprentices each year while supporting existing apprentices. In the past three years, the company has taken on eight apprentices in Carpentry and Civil Operations, six of whom are still employed full-time.

Training at Probuild (NT) Pty Ltd is tailored and delivers long-term benefits to all involved. For example, the company recently provided training on remote communities that enabled participants to achieve units of competency against a Certificate III in Civil Plant Operations, which helped them sustain permanent jobs in the community after the project.

Runner-up: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd

Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd is the exclusive distributor for the sale of Caterpillar equipment, technology solutions, parts and service support across 23 business service centres in Australia and overseas. The company was established in Alice Springs in 1948 and today has business centres in Darwin, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy.

The company employs some 3,000 people in Australia. There are 113 in the NT, including nine full-time apprentices. Hastings Deering has established its own Registered Training Organisation in Brisbane that supports apprenticeship training in Certificate IV programs.

When selecting an apprentice, the company looks beyond the apprenticeship period to an ongoing career, resulting in a high retention rate. By training its own fitters, the business benefits with a future workforce that is highly skilled in its products.

Due to continual improvement and training, Hastings Deering’s customer satisfaction levels are climbing, with customer loyalty up by 20 per cent in the last 12 months.

Large Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television

Winner: The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Council

The Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA) was formed in 1972 as part of an economic development plan for the Yolngu Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land. Today it employs more than 1,000 people, and 825 are Indigenous. ALPA's operational footprint is 1.2 million square kilometres, and it engages a population of 18,000 with 21 language groups. The ALPA retail division has 26 remote retail stores under its management and operates an RTO in both the NT and Queensland.

In an innovative approach to social enterprise development in ALPA’s member communities, local Indigenous family corporations own equity in a number of ALPA’s businesses. VET is a key element of this workforce development model.

Retail training activity for the last 12 months is 134 apprentices at Certificate II, III or IV level in the retail training package. In all, ALPA as an RTO has completed around 1,750 retail apprenticeships since the RTO was registered in 1982.

Training Provider of the Year

Winner: Batchelor Institute

Batchelor Institute is the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary provider in Australia. It has two main campuses in Batchelor and Alice Springs, four regional annexes, and a number of community-based learning centres.

Current enrollment is 1,168, and it has a staff of 412 - 148 of whom are Indigenous - delivering 44 qualifications. In 2015, 710 Indigenous students completed a certificate or diploma-level qualification. Of these, 69 per cent live in remote and very remote locations.

The institute’s footprint has expanded across Australia and into Timor-Leste, where the institute is supporting the NT Department of Education in an English language program. Batchelor Institute focusses on education and training under a ‘both-ways’ philosophy, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and learning are used to explore a Western learning paradigm.

This approach means graduates leave with improved skills, greater leadership qualities, problem-solving ability and with their cultural identity strong.

Runner up: BCA National Training Group

Since 1999, BCA National has run training across Australia, with offices in Darwin and Sydney. The Darwin office was established in August 2011 with one staff member. Today, it has 12 employees and delivers 36 qualifications to 537 students. It delivers training in education and childcare, accountancy, community and social work, aged care and leadership and management across all certificate and diploma levels. Small class sizes of 8 to 15 ensure each student gets sufficient one-on-one time with their trainer.

BCA National’s recently refurbished campus in Parap has modern classrooms and breakout areas. But it also delivers training in regional, rural and remote locations across the NT through face-to-face and blended learning methodologies.

The company recently invested more than $500,000 in a blended eLearning model to offer more flexible learning options to students, including online learning and face-to-face classes held at regular intervals at its regional hubs.

Industry Collaboration Award

Sponsored by Territory Generation

Winner: Batchelor Institute in collaboration with Australian Defence Force

The Army Indigenous Defence Program (AIDP) creates pathways to employment in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for young Indigenous Australian adults under a military-structured training strategy. Since 2013, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the ADF have collaborated to deliver the AIDP, which focusses on reading, writing and fitness and is tailored for ADF employment.

Of more than 300 applicants to the AIDP from across Australia, 30 are placed in the five-month intensive residential program, held on the Batchelor campus. There is a significant transition rate from the program into ADF employment, and once accepted into the AIDP, candidates become full-time ADF employees, reflecting the collaboration’s success.

At the end of the program, students gain a minimum of a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. The collaboration allows students to learn at Batchelor Institute in a culturally safe, ‘both-ways’ environment and also develop the skills, knowledge and attitude required for full-time careers in the ADF.

Runner up: IE Project in collaboration with Probuild (NT) and Batchelor Institute

IE Project, Probuild NT and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education came together in mid-2015 to create the Indigenous Construction Training Incubator, an initiative to use the construction of the new Northern Territory Open Education Centre as an incubator for skilled and qualified Indigenous workers in the construction sector. 

The incubator would enable people to develop work skills and confidence as well as a nationally recognised construction qualification - the first step to a real career pathway. The collaboration has been successful, with 15 trainees now qualified and working. A second group of 14 trainees will start the program next.

Of the 15 trainees who started out as unskilled labourers, three are now in apprenticeships with Probuild, two are in apprenticeships with subcontractors, two were taken on under permanent employment and two remain on site through IE Project. The remaining six are managed through IE Project’s mobile Indigenous labour hire pool.


2015 winners

The winners of the 2015 Northern Territory Training Awards are:

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund.

Winner: Taylor Fishlock  - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Employer: M&K Lee Electrical Contractors
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University (CDU)

After growing up on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory, Taylor Fishlock was keen to pursue a trade that could take her anywhere she chose to go. She identified electrical work as the path to new opportunities and gained an apprenticeship with her Katherine-based employers.

Taylor describes herself as having a strong work ethic and drive. This has seen her dedicate herself to her studies and resulted in her winning the NECA Australian Electrical Apprentice of the Year. Taylor is also breaking down gender roles in her work field, being the first woman to win a NECA Australian Industrial Award.

As well as studying her Certificate III in Electrotechnology, Taylor has also gained other work-related qualifications such as First Aid. She intends to continue her studies and focus on the small business skills sector, with the aim of opening her own electrical contracting business in the future.

Runner up: Liam O’Reilly - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting)

Employer: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd
Registered training provider: Hastings Deering Institute of Technology

An interest in agriculture and aquaculture led Liam to consider how to combine the two into a future career path. After completing a science degree in Aquaculture, Liam decided to undertake an apprenticeship in diesel fitting at Hastings Deering in Darwin. He sees an opportunity to use both qualifications in the future, aiming to own an aquaculture farm and have the skills, knowledge and abilities to repair and maintain all his equipment.

Liam says the relative isolation of the Darwin branch has given him the opportunity to learn on a wide variety of equipment, from smaller farm machinery to civil road work equipment, moving further up to the mining industry and in some cases, power generation, marine, plus the oil and gas industry. It has given him exposure to a range of industries and developed his technical skills.

Liam says the communications, team and leadership skills he learned during his apprenticeship facilitated opportunities to undertake work internationally. He accompanied a field service fitter to a job on an oilrig off the Timor Leste coast. With a multinational crew on the rig, Liam had to ensure he communicated effectively with the team to successfully complete the task. He has also been sent by his employers to work in the field at locations such as the Granites Gold Mine.

Liam has supervised other apprentices in the work place and is described by his employers as a proactive high achiever. Liam is proud of reaching his personal milestone of having two qualifications before he turns 30.

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Apprentice Employment Network.

Winner: Michael Perez - Certificate II in Telecommunications

Employer: SKILLED Group
Host employer: Telstra
Registered training provider: Ramsden Telecommunications Training

Michael achieved good grades in senior school, especially in maths and the sciences, but couldn’t see how his school-based learning would translate to real life. But with his traineeship in Telecommunications, his skills in 'getting the numbers right' are proving their benefit and he is able to put his theoretical knowledge into practice.

He is an enthusiastic proponent of the value of traineeships and their role in developing a more skilled and efficient workforce that is relevant to industry needs. Michael says on-the-job training combined with formal learning means trainees are fully competent when they transition into qualified positions.

Michael says it’s been six years since he graduated high school, but it is only now he is discovering the value of learning. His traineeship has instilled a desire to learn more, which he sees reflected in the quality of his work. He says undertaking vocational education is a great start to a fulfilling career path.

Runner up: Drew Thomas - Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

Employer: Group Training NT (GTNT)
Registered training provider: TAFE NSW, Riverina Institute

Drew says the saying 'Short term pain for long term gain' describes his approach to life and his career. He worked in the building construction industry before a serious car accident saw him off work for 12 months. While recuperating he defined his long-term goal as managing projects in the civil construction industry and decided to apply for a traineeship.

Drew gained his traineeship with the Department of Infrastructure in 2013 and his outstanding work and achievements have been recognised with many awards, including the Mike Makepeace High Achiever Award Civil Supervision. His pathway from labourer to trainee to now a permanent project officer position has given him an appreciation of the many aspects of the industry.

Drew has developed to the stage where he now supervises construction projects and teams. His training has helped him develop confidence in his communications. He mentors new trainees and apprentices and offers guidance, support and the benefit of his learning experiences.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 

Sponsored by East Arnhem Regional Council​.

Winner: Philadelphia Hughes - Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

A desire to progress in her career led Philadelphia to undertake what she describes as a life-changing experience. Her studies have not only increased her skills, they have given her the confidence to take on new challenges personally and professionally.

Philadelphia has progressed from being a young woman who didn’t finish high school, to one who was awarded Most Outstanding Student in her class. This sparked a thirst for further education and she is now undertaking a university degree through the NT Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Program. She sees her certificate studies as giving her the building blocks to build a new future.

Philadelphia has incorporated the communication skills, learned as part of certificate IV, into her university studies and her personal life. She aims to be a role model for Indigenous students starting on a journey of further education. Her personal motto has become 'Never stay comfortable, keep striving and stay hungry for knowledge'.

Runner up: Josephine Grant - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Registered training provider: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Josephine began her studies in Conservation and Land Management when she started as a Muru-warinyi Ankkul Ranger in 2012. As an adult learner, her interest in Conservation and Land Management was sparked by a childhood growing up on country with her elders, learning traditional land management practices. As a ranger, she combines traditional knowledge with Western science-based practices learned through her certificate-level training.

Her supervisors say Josephine’s strong work ethic and enthusiasm for learning drives the successful Muru-warinyi Ankkul Ranger team, inspiring others to learn new skills. She is taking on an operational team leader role and manages small teams in the field undertaking cultural and natural land resource management projects.

After a broad career including working in the health and employment and training sectors, Josephine now enjoys working outdoors and learning new skills. Her commitment to learning is demonstrated by her willingness to travel long distances to undertake courses and spend many weeks away from home and family in order to achieve her qualifications.

Vocational Student of the Year 

Sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

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 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 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.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by GTNT​​.

Winner: Raymond Fordimail - Certificate III in Business

School: Katherine High School
Employer: Nitmiluk Tours
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

Raymond is passionate about his traditional Jawoyn country and sharing its beauty with visitors from all over the world. His work and studies have enabled him to develop the skills to share his country an​d culture through a successful Jawoyn-owned tourism business at Nitimiluk National Park.

Raymond says his school-based apprenticeship has given him the opportunity to finish Year 12 and gain formal qualifications while doing a job he loves. He has always enjoyed the peace of the Katherine River and now he has the skills and confidence to talk to visitors about the significance of the area. He sometimes even gets to drive the boats.

His literacy and numeracy skills have been enhanced through his apprenticeship and certificate studies. Raymond’s colleagues describe him as a passionate storyteller who is able to connect with people from different countries and backgrounds. He is dedicated to his work and goes beyond what is expected, even dressing up as a crocodile to teach kids about water safety.

Raymond is ambitious for the future and has developed confidence in his abilities as a leader. He aims to one day become the boss of Nitmiluk Tours.

Runner up: Hayley Statham - Certificate III in Business

School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Host employer: Casuarina Senior College
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University

After getting a taste of the business world through work experience placements, Hayley gained a school-based apprenticeship working at Casuarina Senior College. She had decided mainstream classes weren’t the pathway to achieving her personal and professional goals but wanted to make sure she completed Year 12.

By the end of 2015 Hayley will have gained three certificates in business, gained an ATAR score and completed two school-based apprenticeships - achievements she is justly proud of.

She says skills she has learned through her VET courses have assisted her at work and in school. They have also opened up future opportunities in work and further study and assisted her in becoming more financially independent. Hayley’s communication skills and confidence have developed to the stage where she now publicly shares her work-ready journey with other students at expos and events.

VET in Schools Student of the Year 

Sponsored by VETnetwork Australia​

Winner: Georgia Lowery - Certificate III in Agriculture

School and registered training provider: Taminmin College 

Georgia’s dedication and success in her VET studies is an inspiration to younger students. She has completed three certificates in her time at Taminmin College, including completing a Certificate III in Agriculture while undertaking her Year 12 studies.

Her passion for working with animals led her to pursue VET studies in agriculture. She enjoys the hands-on skills she has developed that can support her working with cattle, horses, operating a tractor, spraying for weeds, judging cattle and other tasks in the rural industries. She has completed work experience on different stations around the Top End that has enabled her to compare different styles of working on large properties.

Georgia’s skills and knowledge have seen her awarded for her judging and handling at various NT shows and recognised as a Rural Young Achiever.

Georgia is currently focusing her studies on horse breeding and then wants to attain her Diploma in Agriculture. She aims to operate a horse and cattle stud in the future.

Runner up: Josh King - Certificate I in Engineering

School and registered training provider: Nhulunbuy High School

Josh is dedicated to his VET studies. He is currently enrolled in Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and previously completed two different certificates in engineering qualifications over Years 10 and 11. He has also completed a Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

Just as he has diversified in his VET studies, Josh has a staged career path in mind. He wants to gain an apprenticeship as a diesel fitter before going on to gain teaching qualifications in technical studies. He says practical, industry-based skills and knowledge as a tradesman will assist him in being a better technical teacher.

His certificate studies enabled him to transfer skills learned in the workshop to real work environments such as mechanical, diesel fitting, boiler making and fabrication workshops. Josh says he has gained skills including welding, folding, machining, operating machinery and operating as a team that will give him an edge when he enters the workforce.

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

Winner: Matthew Deveraux

Subject area: Agriculture
Employer: Taminmin College

Matt Deveraux grew up on Territory cattle stations with a passion for horses and polocrosse and he is imparting his knowledge and skills in the rural industry to his students at Taminmin High.

Matt’s strong local industry connections have helped set up partnerships to professionally develop the Taminmin Agriculture program. Since his appointment as farm manager and VET trainer at Taminmin High in 2011, student numbers and outcomes in the Certificate III in Agriculture program have increased.

His knowledge of the local industry and conditions has led to the development of programs tailored for tropical conditions and catering to local industry such as live export. Matt also brings in professional experts in areas such as equine dentistry, dog handling and cattle work to broaden students’ experiences.

Many past students have gone on to successful careers in rural industries and vocational education students have been recognised with Territory and national awards. Past students have also returned to take up training positions in Taminmin’s agricultural VET courses.

Runner up: Marlene Organ

Subject areas: Hospitality, Business, Retail IT
Employer: Nhulunbuy High School

Marlene’s skills and qualifications see her delivering a range of skills to her students at Nhulunbuy High School. She can be found in the school Home Economics kitchen guiding students undertaking certificate work in hospitality. She also supports trainees and apprentices undertaking business, retail and information technology VET studies.

Working in a remote high school with small senior student numbers means Marlene has to be creative in maintaining a range of programs. She has facilitated combined classes of certificate levels over different areas of qualification simultaneously to ensure maximum student offerings.

Marlene has worked at Nhulunbuy High School for more than 10 years. She is now teacher, trainer and manager of the RTO and also teaches home economics and oversees the Gove Gourmet Café operated by hospitality students. She works closely with an established industry stakeholder network to ensure students have a smooth transition from the school to work environments. Marlene’s drive and commitment has seen many Nhulunbuy students take out VET awards.

Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television​​.

Winner: Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation

Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) was founded on the principle of increasing Yolgnu employment and economic opportunity. A large part of ALPA’s success is due to its commitment to and investment in quality training for staff, which includes operating its own retail training school.

Now one of the largest Indigenous businesses in Australia, ALPA employs around 780 people and 612 of these are Indigenous. Its operations include 25 remote retail stores, an enterprise RTO, delivery of employment services and community-based social enterprises.

The Yolgnu Board of Directors invests in vocational training as means of creating local employment opportunities in a remote region. As an RTO, ALPA delivers Certificates I to IV in Retail Services and up to 100 trainees are employed at any given time in the retail group. More than 1500 ALPA trainees have been supported to complete retail traineeships in remote communities. ALPA believes better training opportunities leads to increased employment opportunities and real jobs on communities. 

Runner up: Carpentaria Disability Services

Carpentaria Disability Services (CDS) builds community capacity by supporting the training, mentoring and employment of people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Around 80 per cent of staff are from non-English speaking backgrounds, including Indigenous people and refugees and migrants. The service works collaboratively with BCS Training to deliver certificate and diploma qualifications in community services.

CDS is proud that 90 per cent of its workforce is qualified at the Certificate III level and higher. It continues to build capacity by giving program managers the opportunity to become workforce trainers and assessors. Three members of staff have so far achieved this qualification. This gives CDS the ability to deliver internal competency-based training and assessment tailored to staff requirements.

CDS credits its commitment to increasing the professional training of staff to its reputation as an employer of choice. It no longer needs to advertise for support workers as competition for vacancies is high and staff retention has increased since the increased investment in vocational education and training.

Small Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by NT News​​

Winner: HiQA Geotechnical

HiQA Geotechnical provides a quality control service to the civil construction industry, testing construction materials such as soils, concrete, aggregate and asphalt throughout the Northern Territory. The company began in 2008 as a one-person operation and now has 18 full time employees in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

HiQA has found quality training helps retain skilled staff. To support continuous improvement they facilitate and present an annual Training Conference where opportunities for upskilling are offered and have created a training officer position.

Two HiQA trainees have completed a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques and a further four are currently enrolled in the course. The company’s training officer is undertaking a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety which will give HiQA two qualified WHS staff members.

HiQA sees their investment in training as giving them a competitive edge by providing clients with skilled and professionally qualified staff.

Training Provider of the Year 

Sponsored by NEC

Winner: Charles Darwin University

CDU is building on its successes to further strengthen its position as the Northern Territory’s leading training provider.

Its significant footprint across the Territory enables CDU to respond to changing industry and student needs. Mobile learning units support training in more than 150 locations and existing and new facilities offer VET and higher education courses.

One of the university’s major strengths is the links between the VET and higher education spheres. The two sectors share lecturers in the areas of creative industries, IT and business, conservation and land management, financial services and health and community services. These links greatly assist pathways between VET and higher education qualifications. For example, approximately 20 per cent of Charles Darwin University VET students articulate to higher education qualifications, compared to a national articulation rate of 10 per cent.

The university has a total of over 23 000 VET and higher education students, with VET delivered in over 150 locations across the Territory. It offers 220 vocational education and training qualifications, from Certificates I to IV and diploma courses. In 2014, the university delivered nearly 2.8 million training hours to some 12 500  students, apprentices and work-based trainees.

Runner up: Matrix on Board Training

Matrix on Board Training (MoBT) offers accredited and non-accredited training to money management workers, who are mainly employed by non-profit organisations to deliver financial literacy education to Indigenous people in remote areas. MoBT provides training and support in community services and financial literacy.

It takes a holistic approach to training, helping students not only gain competency in course requirements but also to build capacity and become more effective in their workplace. Training is delivered in Certificate I in Work Preparation (Community Services) and Certificate III in Community Services Work that includes units of competency in financial literacy.

MoBT understands the challenges faced by Indigenous students living and working in remote areas who are undertaking training. These are taken into account when training is delivered by making sure there are culturally appropriate supports, that face-to-face mentoring is available whenever possible, and that learnings relate back to students’ real world experiences.

MoBT’s vision is to build capacity in Indigenous families, especially those with high needs and living in remote communities, through delivering quality training in financial and community services.

Industry Collaboration Award 

Sponsored by the Ichthys Project.

Winner: Motor Trades Association NT in collaboration with Department of Correctional Services and Centre for Appropriate Technology

The Board of the MTA in the NT identified the need to be proactive around issues of skill and staff shortages and low retention rates impacting on the local automotive industry. The MTA Indigenous Employment Program collaboration was formed to address this, focussing on skills development in areas such as detailing, tyre fitting and general trades assistant roles.

Under the project, 36 prisoners are being trained in automotive industry skills. Participants are carefully identified and Certificate I in Automotive Vocational Preparation delivered by CAT. Work experience placements are sourced through the MTA’s industry networks and mentoring provided. Support services and training are provided covering life skills, driver licencing, white card, first aid and other relevant courses.

Participants that successfully complete Certificate​​ I move on to Certificate II with the support services continuing. Stage three involves participants moving into paid employment with ongoing mentoring to ensure employment is sustained. Participants involved in the Alice Springs-based component of the project have successfully moved into paid employment. The MTA Indigenous Employment Program’s unique blend of training, mentoring supports, work experience and development of rounded employment skills is leading to real jobs and support for prisoners to change their lives.

Runner up: IE Project in collaboration with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

60+ Jobs was a collaboration between IE Project and BIITE to increase Indigenous employment by providing wraparound support services to participants undergoing training for jobs. The aim of the two-year project that wound up in March 2015 was to see a direct pathway from training to sustainable employment.

The project success relied on strong industry connections, innovative practices and flexible learning. The team worked with employers to identify jobs and skills requirements, co-ordinating work experience placements during training and providing support services to participants from the start of pre-employment training. Cross cultural training was also conducted at the start of the process to assist trainees to ‘walk in two worlds’.

There was no one-size-fits-all approach to training delivery. Training was designed specifically to meet each job opportunity identified and pledged. The range and variety of jobs included hospitality, grounds maintenance, pre-apprenticeship training, community service, administrative, construction and childcare.

Training largely delivered skillsets and participants went on to employment, some completing certificate qualifications relevant to their new careers. Examples include childcare, community services and trade apprenticeships. The 60+ Jobs project has directly transformed the lives of 104 people who commenced on pre-employment programs.


2014 winners

The winners of the 2014 Northern Territory Training Awards are:

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Group Training Association Queensland and the Northern Territory

Winner: Bradley Malby - Certificate III in Business Administration

Employer: GTNT
Host Employer: Department of Corporate and Information Services
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Bradley is already climbing the corporate ladder in his work as a Business Trainee, taking on higher duties and a heavier workload while completing his Certificate III in Business Administration studies.

His studies have a direct correlation to his work and have given him the confidence to take on new tasks. Studying components of work health and safety helped Bradley in his work updating Work Health Safety policy and procedures for the agency.

Bradley takes up opportunities for work-based training courses to enhance his skills in the human resources sector. A proud Territorian, Bradley is keen to further his career in the NT Public Service while making a contribution to the wider community.

Runner up: Gerald Pasigna - Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology

Employer: NEC
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year 

Sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund.

Winner: Shawn Du Venage - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Employer: Power Water Corporation
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Shawn took the leap from running his own business to becoming a mature age apprentice to follow his long-held desire to work in the electrical industry. He says taking up an apprenticeship later in life was challenging with returning to school and starting again from the bottom, but ultimately rewarding. Shawn now works as operator/maintainer at Yulara Power Station, an opportunity to learn more about the operation of a power station.

Shawn says it's never too late to change careers and learn new skills. During his studies towards his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician he says he was fortunate to learn from skilled colleagues.

Runner up: Tim Schmidt - Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Employer: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd
Registered Training Organisation: Hastings Deering Institute of Technology

Vocational Student of the Year

Sponsored by Master Builders Association NT.

Winner: Aimee Williams - Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Employer: ESS Larrakia
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

After working in administration for two years Aimee realised she was not motivated by her work and decided to enroll as an external student in the Charles Darwin University Fitness Course. 

She resigned from her secure job to take up a placement opportunity with Defence Force PTI team and was offered a job at the YMCA.

On completing her Certificate III in Fitness she received an Outstanding Achievement Award from CDU, which encouraged her to continue her external studies in her Certificate IV in Fitness andCertificate IV in Massage Therapy.

Aimee volunteers with the Australian Naval Cadets, instructing juniors, and also with Total Recreation, working with youth and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. She works at the Howard Springs Accommodation Park as an Active Life Coach and has her own private clients she trains outside her work, study and community commitments.

Her next goal is to complete her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment so she can provide training and support to people with an interest in fitness. Aimee's motto is to never be afraid to go for what you want and know it takes commitment and determination to get there.

Runner up: Patrick Rivers - Certificate IV in Community Services Work

Employer: Department of Children and Families
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by East Arnhem Shire Council​.

Winner: Yupunu Fiona Marika - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Employer: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Registered Training Organisation: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Portrait image of Yupunu Fiona MarikaYupunu Fiona Marika is one of three senior Rangers and leads a team of men and women in land and sea-based management activities.

Undertaking her Certificate II Conservation and Land Management studies increased her knowledge of plants and animals and developed her literacy and numeracy skills, boosting her confidence and self-esteem. It has also developed her leadership skills and emphasised her authority in her senior ranger role.

Yupunu also works to deliver the Learning on Country program at Yirrkala school, successfully engaging students in learnings and improving school attendance. Yupunu says her studies have helped her meet her cultural obligations to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation.

Runner up: Dawn Ivinson - Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention 

Employer: Department of Children and Families
Registered Training Organisation: BCA National Training Group

VET in Schools Student of the Year 

Sponsored by ConocoPhillips​.

Winner: Lachlan Synnott - Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Coastal Maritime Operations - Coxswain)

School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

An opportunity to combine his love of the sea with formal qualifications while still at school had immediate appeal for Lachlan Synnott.

Completing his Certificate II in Maritime Operations will enable him to legally operate vessels up to 12 metres long. This will not only benefit his future career but also helps in his other passion - fishing.

Lachlan is in Year 11 at Good Shepherd Lutheran College and wants to take up an electrical apprenticeship when he completes Year 12. He says a Certificate II in Maritime Operations will help him meet his career aim of carrying out electrical work on large boats.

He also devotes time to working with refugees and tutors young students who have English as a Second Language.

Runner up: Tayla Benn - Certificate I in Hospitality, Certificate II in Hospitality

School: Nhulunbuy High School
Registered Training Organisation: Nhulunbuy High School

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by GTNT​​.

Winner: Liam May - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

School: Darwin High School
Registered Training Organisation: Advanced Training International
Employer: Electric NT Pty Ltd

Liam may be the youngest at his trade school but he is achieving some of the highest grades - 100 per cent in some assessments.

Liam's commitment to his school-based apprenticeship sees him attending trade school and working during school holidays. He is currently studying four subjects in Year 12, as well as undertaking his apprenticeship and working towards gaining his Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Electrician.

Since Year 10 he has chosen subjects that will assist him in becoming an electrician. He gained a White Card and Ochre Card before starting his apprenticeship so he would be work-site ready as soon as he signed on.

His mum reckons he was born to work in the electrical industry, tinkering with things and having a fascination with lights and how they work.

Liam's long term goal is to have his own electrical contracting business in the Northern Territory.

Runner up: Kane Andrews - Certificate III in Carpentry

School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University
Employer: System Homes

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

Sponsored by Halikos Hospitality.

Winner: Nikki Higgins - Charles Darwin University

The positive effect weights training had on her own life inspired Nikki Higgins to train others to reach their fitness goals. This has developed into a career coordinating and teaching Certificates in Fitness at Charles Portrait image of Nikki HigginsDarwin University in Darwin.

Nikki began studying for her qualifications as a fitness trainer 14 years ago, while working part time and raising seven children. She completed her Certificate IV in Fitness and began working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor before taking up the opportunity to coordinate the CDU Fitness course.

Since that time Nikki has developed her own training modules and assessment tools to deliver the course and ensure students are equipped to become professional operators in the fitness industry. In her nine years delivering fitness training in Darwin, Nikki's students have managed, staffed and run their own Personal Training businesses, gyms and fitness facilities.

She says one of her proudest moments as a lecturer was witnessing her fitness students receive the awards as winner and runner-up for the NT Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year for 2012 and 2013.

Runner up: Matt Deveraux - Taminmin College

Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by NEC

Winner: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) has a long proud record of providing training and education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Group of women practising CPR on a dummy, while another woman is leaning in to assistAs an RTO, the Institute delivers vocational education and training with a strong focus on remote delivery, vocational areas aligned to remote community employment opportunities, foundation skills including work readiness and pathways to higher education. The majority of training is undertaken in collaboration with other organisations to maximise the resources available to support delivery, develop more effective engagement and learning models, improve student completion rates and ensure that there are genuine employment, further education or training pathways for participants.

The Institute's six key areas of focus are Community Services, Conservation and Land Management, Construction and Mining, Creative Industries, Health and Well Being and Foundation Skills with a focus on work readiness.

The Institute has two main campuses at the Batchelor Township and the Desert Peoples' Centre in Alice Springs and annexes at Katherine and Tenant Creek. In addition, an increased amount of training is being delivered remotely in response to community demand and to enable students to access the support services available from other service providers.

The Institute continues to access a substantially increased amount of external funding, has established improved pathways to Higher Education through the Education Support Worker and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker programs and is putting in place a vibrant remote VET in Schools program that will assist with increasing the future engagement of Aboriginal youth.

Runner up: BCA National Training Group

Training Initiative Award

Sponsored by Ichthys Project.

Winner: GTNT in collaboration with Charles Darwin University

In mid-2013 Group Training NT and Charles Darwin University joined forces to trial an innovative apprenticeship training program to help tackle increasing local workforce demands created by major new developments in the Top End.

The NT Government and GTNT Training initiative, Engineering Apprenticeship Learning Program, was designed to fast track the first year of a three to four-year apprenticeship in Certificate III in Engineering –Group image of men in PPE and a woman Fabrication Trade. The successful model catapulted project-ready apprentice boiler makers into local workplaces to provide sought after skills that are benefitting small to medium businesses in Darwin and Katherine.

The program was designed to help minimise the impact on workplace productivity caused by first year apprentices having to be trained on the job. It also significantly reduced costs for employers by allowing them to tap into a suitably skilled local worker pool instead of having to fly tradesmen in from interstate and overseas.

The Engineering Apprenticeship Learning Program is unique in being the first of this type of training model presented within the standard apprenticeship system in the Northern Territory.

The system has attracted significant industry interest from around Australia.

Runner up: Karen Sheldon Training and Development in collaboration with The Darwin Turf Club

Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television​​.

Winner: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd

As a recognised leader in the earthmoving field, Hastings Deering (Aust) Limited provide staff and training for mining, roads infrastructure, land development, construction, electrical and plumbing, power generation, transport and marine machinery.

In this diverse and ever-growing industry, Hastings Deering employs 150 people in the Northern Territory, including 29 full-time apprentices and two school-based apprentices. With a genuine commitment and passion to the on-going development of their employees, Hastings Deering boast more than 80 per cent retention rate of its trainees and apprentices over the last 10 years.

Group of men with in PPE standing in front of two diggersDue to the many potential dangers associated with its industry, Hastings Deering focus first and foremost on specific training known as Safety, Sustainability and Quality Management training. Ensuring their staff go home to their families in the same condition as they arrived, Hastings Deering carry out SQM training on a weekly basis and describe it as the cornerstone of their training program.

Technical training, supervisory training, sales and parts training, administration staff training, up skills training and contamination control coaching are all integral components and achievements of Hastings Deering's successful staff training and support programs.

Provided with excellent training along with hands-on experience, Hastings Deering staff can work safely to achieve at the highest level in an environment that offers the latest technology available.

Runner up: Traditional Credit Union

Small Employer of the Year 

Sponsored by NT News​​.

Winner: Arafura Tree Services

Arafura Tree Services is committed to local recruitment and the training of professional arborists.

When the company first established in Darwin there were few qualified arborists and no local training programs. Arafura Tree Services engaged an intestate arboreal RTO to provide nationally recognised training in Darwin and in 2010, 12 trainees completed a Certificate III in Arboriculture. In 2012, five staff completed their training and four in 2013. In addition, two staff completed Certificate IV in Arboriculture.

Investing in professional qualifications and training has resulted in strong staff retention, a motivated workplace culture and professional pride in the industry in the NT. Group of men in PPE standing of front of a shed and a truck

ATS developed an Indigenous Employment Strategy in 2012 and has developed a strong relationship with Indigenous employment brokers in the Darwin region. As a result of these networks and relationships, ATS has successfully recruited and retained Indigenous staff members who are great assets to the company. One employee was the first Indigenous apprentice to undertake the inaugural Certificate III in Arboriculture through Charles Darwin University.

ATS is committed to providing training at a local level and was actively involved in advocating for the delivery of the Certificate III Arboriculture training program at CDU specific to the local needs of the NT. The first intake for this course commenced in February 2014.

Runner up: Micks Ally Fab


2013 winners

Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by Apprenticeships Australia.

Winner - Louise Maxwell - Certificate IV in Population Health

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: Health Promotion Strategy Unit, Department of Health
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Louise Maxwell was living in Tasmania when she noticed an online ad for an NT Government traineeship in Population Health. She successfully applied and did the big move to Darwin and is now the first person to undertake the Certificate IV in Population Health as a trainee in the NT.

Relocating to the other end of the country was not without its challenges, but Louise overcame these issues and completed her course ahead of time. Her work contributed to a nomination for a Chief Minister’s Award in 2011 and she has also delivered training courses and developed protocols relevant to her field.

Louise’s interest in health promotions was sparked when she witnessed her stepfather’s struggle to give up smoking. She says undergoing a traineeship was ideal for her circumstances as it provided her with a recognised qualification while learning skills at first hand from people with years of experience in the field.

Runner up - Sarah Rodwell - Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: Department of Infrastructure
Registered training organisation: TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year 

Sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund.

Winner - Michael Treloar - Certificate III in Plumbing

Employer: Fred NT
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Michael Treloar says he never gets bored working as a plumber as he’s always in different spaces and places. In his four years in the trade, Michael has worked on major projects in remote communities and major urban centres, doing everything from standard plumbing tasks to operating road trains and fabricating equipment.

Winning Charles Darwin University’s ‘most outstanding third year plumbing apprentice’ award motivated Michael to enter the NT Training Awards. As he says, being an award winning apprentice can set you above the rest.

Michael enjoys mentoring new apprentices and trainees and has often taken a lead role in training on the job. He is committed to ensuring a safe workplace and work practices, as plumbing is a high risk industry, and leads by example in demonstrating and teaching correct procedures.

Remote work holds a particular appeal for this second generation Territorian, who is often found fishing during his down time. The skills, knowledge and networks Michael gained during his apprenticeship helped him build his own home in Darwin.

Runner up - Grant Walker - Certificate III in in Plumbing

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: Power Water Corporation
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

​Vocational Student of the Year 

Sponsored by McArthur River Mine​.

Winner - Calista Hudson - Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Calista Hudson had never dreamed of studying at university, let alone working alongside a group of defence force leaders in a fitness program. But she has achieved these goals and many more since undertaking her Certificate IV in Fitness at CDU.

Her enthusiasm and dedication to her training helped gain employment in the fitness industry within the first month of starting her studies. The opportunity to learn and train on and off the job was an enormous benefit, though a challenge in terms of time management. Calista also started her own personal training business while still studying, and then was offered the position of manager at the CDU gym, a job she embraced.

As Calista puts it, in less than 12 months she had taken up a brand new study challenge, was working in a new industry and had become a respected leader and mentor for others.

She has also undertaken her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, to better assist her staff in training and deliver classes to new learners. She has also discovered through her VET training that she has skills and experience that can be turned into formal qualifications, so she is currently enrolled in RPL for Certificate IV in Human Resources.

Runner up - Jess Hempsall - Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University​

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 

Sponsored by East Arnhem Shire Council​.

Winner - Sandra Allwright - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice)

Employer: Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service
Registered training organisation: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Sandra came to Indigenous health practitioner training as an adult student, with a background working in many different environments.

She decided on a new career and training path because she is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Territorians. With her qualifications from BIITE, she now works at Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service in Katherine and enjoys the opportunities for integrating on the job and off the job training.

Sandra encourages other Indigenous people who are interested in a career path as a health professional. Her message is that whatever your age, you are still able to achieve in your chosen career if you believe in yourself

Sandra will now go on to represent the NT at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Runner up - Roslyn Malngumba - Certificate IV in Education Support

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: NT Christian Schools at Mapuru Christian School
Registered training organisation: Transforming Training

VET in Schools Student of the Year 

Sponsored by ConocoPhillips​.

Winner - Tré Manning-Watson - Certificate III in Fitness 

School: Darwin High School
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Tré Manning-Watson’s ambition to become a Federal fire fighter led him to enrol in a Certificate III in Fitness through Darwin High in 2012.

Tré’s work placements describe him as dedicated and committed. He attended extra sessions outside the VET timetable to achieve his Group Fitness Specialisation and is working towards his Certificate IV in Fitness while completing Year 12.

In 2012 Tré won the NTCE VET in Schools Award and Outstanding VET in Schools Student Award - Certificate II Fitness. He is rightly proud of his achievement in being one of the first students from Darwin High to complete his NTCET by the end of Year 11.

He is also a talented musician and earns extra money busking.

Tré’s motto is ‘train insane or remain the same’ - with this commitment and drive he continues to work towards his goals of increasing his own and other’s physical fitness and becoming a fire fighter.​

Runner up - Nakita Pollock - Certificate III in Hospitality

School: The Essington International Senior College, Charles Darwin University
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by GTNT​​.

Winner - Teague Masterson - Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade)

School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Hastings Deering

As a youngster, Teague Masterson could often be found out the back in the shed, helping his step dad fix his trucks. He says securing his school-based apprenticeship at Hastings Deering in 2010 over a very competitive field has given him the chance to create a career out of something he loves.

Teague attends extra maths classes before and after school to assist him in his apprenticeship. He describes himself as a hands-on person who learns best in an on-the-job environment, but he is willing to undertake more formal learning to help him achieve his goal of becoming a qualified diesel fitter.

He sets high standards and is aware of the importance of setting a good example to new trainees and apprentices. He advises other students looking at pursuing a similar path to look at something you know you are going to enjoy doing for a length of time, then get advice from parents, teachers and employers.

Teague also plays league for the Litchfield Bears and enjoys working out at the gym.

Runner up - Lachlan Johnstone - Certificate III in Electrotechnology

School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Registered training organisation: Advanced Training International
Employer: ISAS​

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year 

Sponsored by Territory Technology Solutions.

Winner - David Barker - Charles Darwin University

Baking has been David Barker’s lifelong passion. He has worked in the industry for 25 years, as a baker and business owner and as a lecturer in the Commercial Cookery and Bakery Team at Charles Darwin University.

Becoming involved in teaching seemed like a natural progression for David, motivated to share his passion for baking and new trends in the industry. He has a diverse student base, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous school students (VET in Schools), apprentices and trainees, international students and mature aged students. He provides students with additional educational and learning support, uses innovative and flexible teaching methods and provides plenty of personal encouragement to achieve good learning outcomes.

David has been recognised with many training and baking industry awards. He constantly searches out new methods of delivering training and developing innovative resources. He enjoys the challenges of delivering baking skills to students in remote communities in particular. David uses Facebook to link remote students with the baking industry and experts on a national and international level. He uses platforms such as YouTube to encourage and generate his student’s interest in different baking approaches and techniques.

David has also negotiated with the industry to donate equipment towards a portable bakery platform that can be transported to remote communities.  This enables training that focuses on utilising traditional skills and ingredients and promotes development of cultural baking skills.​

Runner up​ - Debbie Atkinson - Alana Kaye Training

Training Provider of the Year

Winner - Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) has a long proud record of providing training and education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As a registered training organisation (RTO), the Institute delivers vocational education and training with a strong focus on remote delivery, vocational areas aligned to remote community employment opportunities, foundation skills including work readiness and pathways to higher education. The majority of training is undertaken in collaboration with other organisations to maximise the resources available to support delivery, develop more effective engagement and learning models, improve student completion rates and ensure that there are genuine employment, further education or training pathways for participants.

The Institute’s six key areas of focus are Community Services, Conservation and Land Management, Construction and Mining, Creative Industries, Health and Well Being and Foundation Skills with a focus on work readiness.

The Institute has two main campuses at the Batchelor Township and the Desert Peoples’ Centre in Alice Springs and annexes at Katherine and Tenant Creek. In addition, an increased amount of training is being delivered remotely in response to community demand and to enable students to access the support services available from other service providers such as Job Services Australia and CDEP.

The Institute continues to access a substantially increased amount of external funding, has established improved pathways to Higher Education through the Education Support Worker and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker programs and is putting in place a vibrant remote VET in Schools program that will assist with increasing the future engagement of Aboriginal youth.

Batchelor Institute will now go on to represent the NT at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Runner up - Charles Darwin University

Highly commended - Alana Kaye Training

Training Initiative Award 

Sponsored by INPEX​.

Winner - Department of Education and Children’s Services in collaboration with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Building the Remote Early Childhood Workforce is a training initiative project that has been developed by the NT Department of Education and Children’s Services in partnership the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

This training project has been developed as an initiative under the NT Early Childhood Workforce Plan 2011-2021. The plan’s aim is to develop a high quality, sustainable workforce. The purpose of the Building the Remote Early Childhood Workforce project is to increase the number and quality of the local Indigenous early childhood workforce in the participating remote communities. The initiative commenced as a pilot project in 2011 in four remote locations and contributes to a longer-term national objective to improve outcomes in Indigenous early childhood development indicators.

The Building the Remote Early Childhood Workforce project aims to achieve an integrated local Indigenous early childhood workforce, establish pathways for students transitioning from school to work, enable strong local services for young children and their families and provide consistency in early childhood training to remote communities.

Runner up - italklibrary in collaboration with Carpentaria Disability Services and ICAE Training

Employer of the Year - sponsored by Southern Cross Television​​

Winner - Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd

As a recognised leader in the earthmoving field, Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd provide staff and training for mining, roads infrastructure, land development, construction, electrical and plumbing, power generation, transport and marine machinery.

In this diverse and ever-growing industry, Hastings Deering employs 171 people in the Northern Territory including 33 full-time apprentices and four school-based apprentices. With a genuine commitment and passion to the on-going development of their employees, Hastings Deering boast more than 80 per cent retention rate of its trainees and apprentices over the last 10 years.

Due to the many potential dangers associated with its industry, Hastings Deering focus first and foremost on specific training known as SQM (Safety, Sustainability and Quality Management) training. Ensuring their staff go home to their families in the same condition as they arrived, Hastings Deering carry out SQM training on a weekly basis and describe it as the cornerstone of their training program.

Technical training, supervisory training, sales and parts training, administration staff training, up skills training and contamination control coaching are all integral components and achievements of Hastings Deering’s successful staff training and support programs.

Provided with excellent training along with hands-on experience, Hastings Deering staff can work safely to achieve at the highest level in an environment that offers the latest technology available.

Runner up - New Future Alliance

Small Employer of the Year - sponsored by NT News​​

Winner - Glamazon

Salon directors Alec and David Ross-Fuller describe hairdressing as glamorous, fabulous, creative and inspiring. It is this energetic and passionate approach that has made their combined 30 years of experience so fulfilling - and Glamazon such a successful and highly regarded small business.

They pass this energy onto their staff and even share their expertise with former staff who have moved on to other salons with a ‘pay-it-forward’ attitude. Alec and David believe that if they continue to provide quality, highly skilled, client focused hairdressing training into the overall employment pool; then chances are they will have regular access to qualified hairdressers with the skills and dedication to meet their own salon’s high standards.

Currently, Glamazon employs four senior stylists and three apprentices in their vibrant, trendy Darwin salon. Having employed, trained and supported more than 30 staff in the last ten years, Glamazon boast high staff retention through their innovative and dynamic work and training environment. Performance appraisals are conducted with staff four times a year to ensure standards remain high and staff remain challenged, inspired and well supported. Glamazon staff are rewarded and recognized for their achievements, additional training is supported financially and loyalty bonuses include workshops or conferences. To keep up with the fast paced changes in the hairdressing industry, new information and knowledge is shared at every opportunity and regular Glamazon team meetings are more like inspiring sporting huddles.

Glamazon is a small employer with a big passion for exceptional hairdressing service and total satisfaction - for their staff and customers alike.


2012 winners

Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by Apprenticeships Australia.

Winner - Cameron Smith - Certificate II in Agriculture

Employer: Consolidated Pastoral Company
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

A love for the outdoors and a fascination with the beef industry proved the ideal combination for 19-year-old Cameron Smith when the opportunity came up to train on a working Territory cattle station. Cameron thrived on the responsibility that came with being a vital part of the Consolidated Pastoral Company at Newcastle Waters Station, a magnificent 10 353 sq km breeding property in the West Barkly Region. With its open plains, flood country and timbered sand hills; the station carries 45 000 head of cattle including 20 000 commercial Brahman breeders. The huge workload was evenly distributed among staff giving Cameron a strong work ethic and a steep learning curve into the beef and cattle industry. A talented polocrosse player, Cameron gained a representative jersey for the NSW junior team and often travels across the country for various state and national competitions. He also learned horse riding skills while working at the Newcastle Waters Station which he showed off at the Daly Waters and Nixon Crossing rodeos, picking up awards for the station buckjump and campdraft events.​

Runner up

Elle Lyon - Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)
Employer: GTNT
Host employer: Department of Construction and Infrastructure
Registered training organisation: TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute

 

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund

Winner

Luke Fleming - Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment)
Employer: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

While mechanics was always an interest, 30-year-old Luke Fleming did not consider making it his career immediately. After completing year 12 in 1998, Luke went on to work in a coaching and development role for the Australian Rugby League for five years before training with the Australian Customs Service as a Customs Officer, where he worked for several years. True job satisfaction did not come to Luke until 2008 when he finally decided to study for his Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment). Luke was worried he may have missed the chance to gain an apprenticeship, however, his employer Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd were quick to snap him up due to his vast personal life experience, confidence and strong communication skills. Luke was named the Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd Darwin Apprentice of the Year last year and came a close second in the National Hastings Deering Top Apprentice Challenge. Luke has completed his apprenticeship and works as a Field Service Diesel Fitter for Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd’s Caterpillar dealership. He loves the satisfaction of diagnosing and solving a machine’s problem as well as the travel to different locations within the Territory to get to the machines in need of repair. When not working, Luke spends time with his young family and has maintained an interest in rugby league as a coach to various youth representative and local club teams.

Runner up

Hanna Beere - Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light Fabrication)
Employer: Northern Stainless
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

 

​Vocational Student of the Year - sponsored by McArthur River Mine​

Winner

Carolyn Maxsted - Certificate IV in Fitness
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

As a business owner, Carolyn Maxsted decided to complete her Certificate IV in Fitness to assist her own staff in improving their personal health and wellbeing; as many lead sedentary work and personal lives. Carolyn believes that health and fitness is often not valued highly in busy workplaces, yet the consequences are that staff find work responsibilities harder when they are less healthy and they are sick more often which can slow down the overall productivity of the workplace. Carolyn needed to be in peak form herself to manage a recycling business which she runs with her partner, as well as continue to service her own Group Fitness clients, spend time with her three children and focus on her studies; which she successfully completed in November last year. Having lost a sister to cancer, Carolyn is an active member of the NT Cancer Council and through her participation did all she could to promote and raise funds for the cause when competing in a World Natural Body Building competition. She also ran fitness classes for students at Malak Primary School where her daughters attend school. Her passion and commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone she comes into contact with and her selfless desire to freely pass on her knowledge and experience is testament to Carolyn’s vocational goal towards a fitter, more active lifestyle for all.​

Runner up

Sarah Douglas - Certificate III in Fitness
Employer: Life Be In It NT
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University​

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - sponsored by East Arnhem Shire Council​

Winner

Lisa Oosen - Certificate II in Business Administration
Employer: Pacific Aluminium – Gove Operations
Registered training organisation: Nhulunbuy High School

By her own admission, Lisa Oosen was a naïve, young kid, fresh out of school with no confidence and no idea of her potential or the opportunities available to her beyond school life. However, after joining the Pacific Aluminium Arnhem Learning Education Regional Training (ALERT) program in 2010, the 19-year-old now says she is a determined, focused, skilled and confident young woman who knows exactly what she wants out of life. So far, Lisa has completed a Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure, a Certificate II in Business Administration and has now commenced a Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Warehouse & Storage) so that she can reach her goal to be a qualified warehouse operator at Pacific Aluminium’s Gove Operations. A self-confessed ‘people person’, Lisa loves to swim, fish and go camping with family and friends. She is also aware that her young Indigenous nieces, nephews and cousins need positive role models, so she spends time reading to them and encouraging them to attend school and continue with their own educations.​

Runner up

Myra Clark - Certificate III in Beauty Services
Employer: Palmerston Day Spa
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

 

VET in Schools Student of the Year - sponsored by ConocoPhillips​

Winner

Joshua Tarrant - Certificate IV in Fitness
School: Palmerston Senior College
Registered training organisation: Charles Darwin University

Joshua Tarrant sought out a healthier lifestyle for himself three years ago and after losing 20 kilograms through his own dedication and commitment, he decided to enlist the assistance of an expert to take him the rest of the way. To this day, 18-year-old Josh credits his personal trainer with changing his life. This life-altering experience led Josh to want to develop his knowledge and skills to ensure he could always stay fit and healthy, as well as provide the same hope to others seeking a new, fitter lifestyle. With the encouragement of his trainer, Josh started his Certificate III in Fitness and through his study realised that exercise was now a natural and enjoyable part of his life and no longer a painful, exhausting chore. As soon as he completed his Certificate III, Josh started a Certificate IV in Fitness with Group Fitness Specialisation, which he has now also successfully completed. Josh can still hardly believe that in just three years he now has a professional career guiding people towards a happier and healthy life. His own personal experience means he fully understands the hardships, emotions and difficulties many people have with making such changes; making him a wonderfully supportive and empathetic trainer. As an active member of the community, Josh is a former St John cadet and has assisted the YMCA with the Annual Defence Expo, which he coordinated. He has recently completed his Bronze Medallion and Pool Lifeguard qualifications and extended his previous certificates in CPR, Resuscitation, Defibrillation Awareness and Remoter Emergency Response.​

Runner up

Gabrielle Birch – Certificate I in Business & Certificate I in Information Technology & Certificate II in Information Technology
School: Nhulunbuy High School
Registered training organisation: Nhulunbuy High School Council​

 

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year - sponsored by GTNT​​

Winner

Jane Alia - Certificate III in Dental Assisting
School: Darwin High School
Registered training organisation: Department of Health
Employer: Oral Health Services NT

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
Registered training organisation: Department of Health
Employer: GTNT
Host Employer: Department of Health - Alcohol and Other Drugs Program Training Unit​

 

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year - sponsored by Territory Technology Solutions

Winner

Helen Grant - Taminmin College

Helen Grant is described as an exceptional hospitality teacher and role model for young people with a focus on community engagement, bringing people together for a common purpose and showing students how they can make a difference in their community. Initially employed at Taminmin Secondary College as the Home Economics teacher in 2007, Helen has developed the curriculum to include the expansion into VET hospitality training with the school becoming a registered training organisation and offering Certificate I and II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). The hospitality program at Taminmin College has become a vital program for students from a range of backgrounds including Indigenous, learning unit, low-socio economic, and leading learners. Part of the program’s ongoing success is Helen’s passion for her work and her students, and her excellent industry contacts. Fundraising for charity by preparing meals for lunches and dinners for community events and organisations is Helen’s way to show students how they can engage and influence their community. Taminmin College’s Hospitality Department has raised more than $10 000 in the last three years through this community work. As a qualified chef and trainer, Helen was invited to take part in the National Review of the Hospitality qualifications and programs from entry level through to full diplomas. Her vital knowledge of the unique challenges facing Territory students and teachers were considered and included in the new education framework being developed for the industry. To ensure her industry consultation is relevant and up to date, Helen is a member of the Australian Culinary Federation NT Chapter, the Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc NT Chapter, WorldSkills Australia, Service Skills Australia and the CHARTTES Training Advisory Council. By currently undertaking a Diploma in Management, Helen is also making sure her own skills are continually developing and that she is maintaining the latest training and management standards in the classroom. ​

Runner up​

Helen Clark - Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

 

Training Provider of the Year

Winner

Charles Darwin University

As the Northern Territory’s largest training provider, Charles Darwin University (CDU) has a major and multi-faceted role in the region’s economic and social development. The clearest evidence of this is in the university’s support for emerging industries of resource development and a growing Defence force presence. The university recently invested $1 million in instrumentation for an electrotechnology laboratory to accommodate the demand for high-level qualifications in the resources sector, and has also announced a North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas as part of a $3 million agreement with INPEX Ichthys LNG Project. The training programs offered by CDU assist industry, employers, government and a diverse range of large and small businesses to achieve their goals. The university provides training for 200 VET qualifications ranging from non-award courses to certificates and diplomas. The qualifications are primarily offered through four schools - the School of Trades; the School of Business and Service Industries; the School of Primary Industries; and the School of VET Health, Community and Children’s Services. The university’s training mission is to significantly contribute to the economic and community development of the Northern Territory as a continuously improving and prosperous multi-sector education and training organisation. This mission is supported by several main objectives. They include the creation of rich learning environments in unique regional locations, being a preferred choice for Indigenous students, actively pursuing partnerships which strengthen capacity whilst delivering mutually beneficial outcomes and providing a regional institution acknowledged for the quality and excellence of its programs and its support for students and staff. The university builds strong links between the VET and higher education spheres to the extent that lecturers are shared between many of the sectors. CDU operates on a large scale and has broad reach that boasts more than 21 000 VET and higher education students, and vocational training being delivered in more than 150 locations throughout the NT.​

Runner up

The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation

 

Training Initiative Award - sponsored by INPEX​

Winner

Mineral Council Australia (MCA) in collaboration with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

The minerals industry in Australia plays a significant role in the economic viability of rural and remote communities. This economic viability is underpinned directly through employment and business enterprise opportunities as well as broader development initiatives within the industry. While the industry has engaged with Indigenous communities and provided employment and training opportunities for some time, the growing shortage of skilled labour has highlighted regional and remote communities as an underutilised, underestimated and untapped resource base. A workshop comprising of eight Northern Territory-based mining companies, the MCA’s NT division and the Northern Territory Government was held in 2009 to address these issues. The result was the MCA-NT Indigenous Pre-Employment Program - an industry-driven program designed to enable Indigenous people to achieve a standard of job readiness and gain entry into the mining industry. The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) entered into partnership with MCA-NT to facilitate the education aspects of the program. Students spend 50% of their time undertaking the selected courses at BIITE’s Batchelor Campus and registered training organisations’ training workshops, and the remaining 50% on-the-job with their mining company employer. To assist participants understand and prepare, the program is designed around working life at a mine with 12 hour days for two weeks in shared dormitory living with alcohol and drug testing and high nutrition and fitness expectations before a seven day rest period. The target enrolment for the program is 30 students per semester or 60 students per year. The success rate to date has been 84% with the most pleasing aspect of these results being that many graduates remain employed. As a result of the achievements so far, the course has received unanimous support from all parties to continue. The program is always in a constant state of review to ensure the project content and delivery remains relevant to industry and the participants.

Runner up 

Training Connections Australia (TCA) in collaboration with ITEC Employment

 

Employer of the Year - sponsored by Southern Cross Television​​

Winner

Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd

Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd specialises in earthmoving for mining, roads infrastructure, land development, earthworks for construction, electrical and plumbing, and is a dealer for Caterpillar heavy vehicles. The company also deals in diesel engines for marine, power generation and transport. Currently, Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd employs 29 full-time apprentices as well as four school-based apprentices out of its total 160 staff. The company’s policy to ‘grow our own’ has seen apprentice numbers increase steadily with an average of eight new apprentice places being offered every year in Darwin and every two years in Alice Springs. High retention rates after the completion of the apprenticeships means the company has a strong ‘apprentice-appreciation culture’ among staff and management. As the leading earthmoving specialists, Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd believes that staying at the top of the field is only achieved when their staff are expertly trained and experienced so as to offer the best, most current advice and information to clients. Staff training and knowledge in the areas of site and equipment safety, contamination control and up-to-date technical training has provided the most benefit for their business outcomes and on-going success. By providing innovative learning programs and tools in the workplace, above-award wages, assistance with tool kits, work clothes, boots and other safety equipment; Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd offers initiatives and encouragement to apprentices to work hard to become an asset to the company and the industry in general.​

Runner up

Kerry’s Automotive Group

 

Small Employer of the Year - sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce NT​​

Winner

DAC Enterprises

DAC Enterprises Pty Ltd is a civil engineering and construction services business serving the Top End for more than 25 years. This privately owned company also operates transport, haulage, quarry, drainage, demolition and dismantling divisions giving it truly unique expertise and a highly customer driven reputation.

At present, 11 staff are studying various certificate courses to maintain due diligence, increase their skill capacity and support business goals. Managing Director, Douglas Taylor is leading by example and also undertaking a Business Mastery Course to ensure his own skills and expertise meet current standards and are of benefit to the organisation.

The practical business outcomes of staff training are obvious with a 10% reduction in onsite incidents and accidents and a consistency of high standard work and delivery of projects on time and on budget. High staff confidence, workplace efficiency and job satisfaction due to training programs has also benefitted the stability and positive outlook of staff and ensured a strong future for the business.

Instead of a Human Resources Department, DAC has a ‘People & Culture Department’ that addresses the company’s recruitment and training programs. The department’s focus is on offering diverse career pathways and ongoing workplace satisfaction and performance. Staff awards, a training and skills development resource library and regular one‑on‑one performance assessments are just a few of the ways DAC Enterprises Pty Ltd strive to assist staff in reaching company and personal career development goals.​


2011 winners

The winners of the 2011 Northern Territory Training Awards are: 

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by McArthur River Mining.

Winner: Melissa Agnew - Certificate II in Animal Studies

Employer: Crocodylus Park
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Thanks to her school-based apprenticeship, Melissa Agnew not only has her Year 12 certificate but a great job at Crocodylus Park. Working at one of two large, animal-based attractions in the Top End, Melissa has gained an understanding of the importance of the role zoos and wildlife parks play in public education about wildlife, their habitats and ongoing conservation. 

By completing a Certificate II in Animal Studies, she has learnt standard operating procedures at the park, including working within the crocodile production team involving the capture and movement of hundreds of crocodiles between enclosures. This work demonstrates Melissa’s ability to work within a team, to ensure the welfare and safety of crocodiles and staff. 

Melissa has been promoted to a leadership role supervising young volunteers at Crocodylus Park. She is motivated by the prospect of further education. Melissa is currently undertaking her Certificate III in Animal Studies while considering whether she will pursue a university degree.​

Runner up: Christine Spielmann - Certificate III in Business

Employer: Northern Territory Treasury
Registered Training Organisation: Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre​

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Rio Tinto Alcan.

Winner: Rebecca Langley - Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician)

Employer: NT Controls and Automation
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Rebecca Langley pursued her electrical apprenticeship after 10 years in the hospitality industry. Despite knowing nothing about electrical work and being older than many others in her class, Rebecca completed her Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Systems Electrician). 

Becoming an electrician is her proudest achievement to date, and she is now considering further studies in this field. Rebecca is known for her enthusiasm and willingness to help new apprentices, and is passionate about encouraging others to gain qualifications in order to help grow and develop the Northern Territory’s workforce. 

She began her apprenticeship with GBS Gold, but was made redundant when the company went into liquidation. Despite this setback, Rebecca carried on and completed her apprenticeship with NT Controls and Automation. 

Rebecca is proud of what she has been able to achieve, and is currently looking into further studies. Rebecca lives in Adelaide River and spends most of her time on her parents’ cattle station.​

Runner up Jay Craig - Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment)

Employer: Hastings Deering
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University​

Vocational Student of the Year 

Sponsored by ConocoPhillips. ​

Winner: Carine Kapiamba - Diploma of Business Administration

Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Carine Kapiamba-Tshimbu came to the Northern Territory three years ago as a refugee from Congo and has overcome significant hurdles to achieve milestones in her studies, community and new country. 

The mother of four has successfully completed a Diploma of Business Administration to improve her English and business skills and is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management at Charles Darwin University. An Australian resident, Carine aspires to pursue a career in administration and establish herself as a role model for others in the refugee and migrant community. 

She offers her services as a volunteer interpreter and helped her sister set up a small business. The 2011 recipient of the inaugural Charles See Kee Leadership Scholarship, Carine has been commended for her work in assisting refugees and other new arrivals settle into the Territory.​

Runner up: Graham Havens - Certificate IV in Building

Registered Training Organisation: The Building Institute of Training and Development​

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by Australian Apprenticeships NT​.

Winner:Sam Wees - Certificate III in Financial Services

Employer: Traditional Credit Union
Registered Training Organisation: Chamber of Commerce NT

Now a branch supervisor, Sam Wees knew little about finance when he began working at the Warruwi Traditional Credit Union. Sam’s confidence has grown significantly over his traineeship, showing genuine commitment to share the knowledge he has gained with family and friends in his community. 

Sam’s journey shows that age, schooling level and living in a remote community is no barrier to achieving great things. Having completed a Certificate III in Financial Services, he is now helping his staff complete a Certificate II in Financial Services. 

Sam was also a driving force behind the establishment of the first football team in Warruwi in 10 years, after approaching the Credit Union for sponsorship in the Umpires carnival in Darwin. Warruwi now plays in the carnival every year. Motivated by his love of seafood, Sam recently purchased a boat to go fishing and diving in Warruwi.​

Ludwig Schebeck - Certificate II in Engineering

Employer: GTNT
Host Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University​

School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by GTNT​.

Winner: Connor Reid - Certificate III in Automotive Technology (Heavy)

School: Darwin High School
Employer: GTNT
Host Employer: Hastings Deering
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University

Connor Reid is a dedicated school-based apprentice who is working towards becoming a diesel mechanic. He is studying a Certificate III in Automotive Technology (Heavy) and a Certificate III in Fitness, and wishes to represent apprentices across the Northern Territory and Australia. Connor first enrolled in an Industry Placement Plan in grade nine with Hastings Deering, which led to him being offered a school-based apprenticeship with the company the following year. 

Keen to learn and hard working, Connor gets along well with his colleagues at Hastings Deering and has a good work ethic. He loves the job, the lifestyle, the people, and feels as though he is playing an important role by supporting an industry that is experiencing a skills shortage. 

Connor is also the Vice Chair of the 2011 Youth Ministers Round Table of Young Territorians.​

Runner up: Jayde Forscutt - Certificate II in Transport and Logistics (Warehousing and Storage)

School: Casuarina Senior College
Employer: Murray Malle Training Company
Host Employer: Reece Pty Ltd
Registered Training Organisation: Charles Darwin University​

 VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year 

Sponsored by Mr Richard Ryan AO and Territory Technology Solutions​.

Winner: Marlene Organ - Nhulunbuy High School Council

Marlene Organ is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for Nhulunbuy High School VET students and a wide range of stakeholders in the community. 

The school’s VET coordinator, Marlene strives to train students to the best of her ability so they feel confident to go out into the workforce with sound skills, and plays a proactive role in guiding them into employment and school-based apprenticeships. 

Marlene has been fundamental in developing the VET Skills Centre at Nhulunbuy High School, using her contacts in the community to furnish it, and accessing funding through Enterprise Grants to buy vital equipment. 

This excellent VET environment has played a major role in the successful delivery of school-based apprenticeships, certificates and courses to part-time students, training of full-time business trainees as well as the timetabled VET programs. 

Marlene also introduced the Gove Gourmet Café to Nhulunbuy High School, a training ground for hospitality students.​

Runner up: Debra Say - Traditional Credit Union​

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sponsored by East Arnhem Shire Council​.

Winner: Kendall Nuske - Certificate III in Agriculture

School: Taminmin College

Not afraid of hard work, Kendall has always wanted to work in the horse and cattle industry. Kendall is working at the Berrimah Export Yards, where she was recently promoted to a managerial role overseeing maintenance and management of cattle. 

The Taminmin College student has been described as an outstanding performer in the agricultural field and a natural leader, and now takes a lead role in preparing the school’s cattle show team.​

Runner up: Keegan Kelly - Certificate I in Engineering

School: Nhulunbuy High School​

Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) ​.

Winner: Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc. (CAAPS)

The Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc. (CAAPS) is a community-based substance misuse service supporting Indigenous families experiencing alcohol and other drug issues. 

As a registered training organisation (RTO), CAAPS delivers nationally accredited courses in community services to a number of remote and urban groups and communities. Through its training, CAAPS aims to strengthen communities and improve their access to resources and support networks; increase employment opportunities and decrease the feeling of vulnerability often experienced by Aboriginal people in communities; improve opportunities for the development of children; and increase engagement with schools about employment responsibilities.

80 percent of the CAAPs workforce is Indigenous.​

Runner up: Eagle Training Services

​Industry Collaboration Award 

Sponsored by INPEX​.

Winner: Advanced Training International and Larrakia Development Corporation, INPEX and Kormilda College

In 2010, Advanced Training International entered into a strategic alliance with the Larrakia Development Corporation, Kormilda College and financial backers/joint venture partner INPEX and Total E & P Australia, to develop and construct a new, multi-million dollar Trade Training Centre. 

Opened in April 2011, the Larrakia Trade Training Centre offers Territorians the opportunity to gain new life skills, work skills and eventually, meaningful employment. One of the most important goals of the new centre is to provide skills needed in remote Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory, but it will also produce a new stream of qualified tradespeople for Darwin businesses. 

The facility features state-of-the-art training equipment and modern, fully air-conditioned classrooms for technical studies. The centre has become Darwin’s largest and most advanced trade training facility, where more Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainees and apprentices are being trained than ever before.​

Runner up: Taminmin College and Groote Eylandt College​

Small Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television.

Winner: Traditional Credit Union

Traditional Credit Union (TCU) was established as a Yolgnu-initiated response to the ongoing market failure and associated withdrawal of financial services by major banks from remote communities in the Northern Territory. 

TCU remains Australia’s only successful Indigenous member-owned financial institution, and has sustained the delivery of financial services to 11 remote communities over the past 15 years. 

TCU has a predominantly Indigenous workforce and has enabled major, ongoing cost savings through being able to dispense with entitlement payment by cheque, in favour of electronic payments to TCU members. 

It focuses on the social and economic wellbeing of members and communities in which it operates, and any profit earned is returned to the members in the form of education, employment, training and expanded services.

TCU’s Structured Training and Employment Program has been a great success by supporting Indigenous Australians to take up training and employment opportunities. It is also supporting the sustainable financial independence for people in remote areas of Arnhem Land.​

Runner up: Department of Health


2010 winners

The 2010 Northern Territory Training Award winners are: 

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sponsored by McArthur River​​.

Winner: Elle Megaw - Certificate II and III in Hospitality

School: Darwin High School
RTO: Charles Darwin University

Elle has been involved in the hospitality industry for some time and as a result of the work experience she has gained, she was able to complete both her Certificate II and Certificate III in Hospitality in a short period of time.

Elle believes hospitality is a great industry and loves the fact that she gets to meet and work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Travel has become another passion of Elle’s, especially after spending 12 months on a student exchange program in Colorado, USA in 2008. Elle is keen to further develop her skills and go on to complete her Certificate IV level qualification.

'Communication, time management and people skills are all important to a successful career and this course has helped me hone these skills ready for the adult work environment.'​

Runner up: Brienna Logie - Certificate II in Tourism

School: Kormilda College
RTO: Charles Darwin University​

School based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by Group Training NT

Winner: Yazmin Brown - Certificate III in Automotive Technology (Light Vehicle)

School: Casuarina Senior College
RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Kerry’s Automotive Group

Yazmin not only enjoys working on cars and getting her hands dirty, she races speed cars at Darwin’s Northline Speedway in her spare time. Yazmin has been volunteering at the sprintcar titles and monster trucks from the age of 11 so it seemed a natural progression for her to undertake a Certificate III in Automotive Technology (Light Vehicle).

As a female apprentice mechanic in a predominately male dominated industry, Yazmin recognises she is setting standards and is proud of being able to demonstrate a consistent, motivated and mature approach to her work.

Yazmin has also been involved in the diversionary program for young people in Darwin. Yazmin helps by instructing clients in maintenance tasks and generally making sure that young people feel welcome and valued.

'I am proud to think I have set an example for other women wishing to become involved in the automotive industry or any male dominated industries.'​

Runner up: Taylah-Jane Lewis - Certificate II in Business

School and RTO: Nhulunbuy High School
Employer: Group Training NT
Host Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan​

Vocational Student of the Year

Sponsored by Australian Council for Private Education and Training.

Winner: Amy Lewis - Certificate III in Youth Work

RTO: Australian Red Cross
Employer: YouthWorx NT

It was always a goal of Amy’s to work with students in the education field. After completing Year 12, Amy found herself broadening her knowledge in a variety of ways.

Amy has travelled to remote communities, and worked for five years in the disability field at the Nemarluk and Henbury School as well as at Marrara Christian College where she feels she has gathered extensive life skills. As well as being a volunteer at Arafura games and at World Master Games, Amy has organised social events, holidays and gatherings that bring together people who have a disability.

Completing her Certificate III in Youth Work has given Amy the confidence to know she is competent in working with young people and she now considers herself a mentor. Amy is now passionate about extending her education and inspiring others to do the same.

'I encourage, support and recommend to all people, of all ages to follow through with their educational aspirations. It’s not too late and the rewards are awesome!'​

Runner up: Jaimi Johnson - Certificate II in Sports Coaching and Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

RTO: Taminmin High School
Employer: YMCA Palmerston Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre​

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by Australian Apprenticeships NT.

Winner: Solomon Renata - Certificate II in Engineering

RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan

Solomon has a positive outlook on life. Always wanting to work in the mining industry, he moved his family to Nhulunbuy for the opportunity of a rewarding career. Solomon has recently completed his Certificate II in Engineering, and with his increased confidence in his new skills, has gone on to further training.

Completing this traineeship has provided Solomon with independence and confidence. He’s an enthusiastic parent and supports his community with his involvement in rugby and basketball.

Solomon is determined to succeed and share his own experiences to encourage and support other Indigenous people. He is proud to be leading by example with his work and training and ultimately looks forward to being a leader for his family and community.

'I value the fact that I can get a qualification while working on the job. I took the opportunity and my life has turned around for the better.'​

Runner up: Leanne Tonson - Certificate III in Aged Care

RTO: Australian Red Cross
Employer: Red Cross Hostel​

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Australia Post.

Winner: Michael Molina - Certificate IV in Information Technology (General)

RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Group Training NT
Host Employer: Territory Technology Solutions

Although Michael’s passion lay in the ICT industry, his knowledge of computers was limited and he had never undertaken tertiary education nor worked in this type of environment.

During the three years of his traineeship in a Certificate IV in Information Technology, Michael advanced to senior workshop engineer. Thanks to his training, Michael’s communication and leadership skills advanced and he now confidently shares his knowledge with his workmates, assign job priorities and provide clarification to customers.

Michael has long aspired to be a software developer and this traineeship has provided him with the opportunity to work on projects specifically in his area.

'Traineeships are an excellent opportunity to gain and develop a broad range of skills. Employers also benefit by getting workers who are flexible and capable of acquiring new skills in an efficient manner.'​

Runner up: Nicholas Woo - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Group Training NT
Host Employer: Vegsol NT​

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Rio Tinto Alcan.

Winner: Graham Havens - Certificate III in Carpentry

RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Nowland Builders

Back in 2006, Graham assisted a workmate on weekends, to install a kitchen over a 12 month period which also involved minor house renovations. It was about this time that Graham realised that working with his hands was far more enjoyable for him than his office ‘day job’. With a career as a builder in mind, Graham researched and then undertook a Certificate III in Carpentry.

Graham happily admits that although this qualification dramatically improved his communication skills with other tradesmen and his attention to detail on-site has improved, he hasn’t quite carried it over to cleaning up after himself at home. Graham hopes he’s redeemed himself by building and fixing structures around his house.

Graham is now taking on the challenge of a Certificate IV in Carpentry which has taken him from working in a small remote community, to Darwin and Brisbane, and back to Elcho Island. Graham has found his passion and hopes one day he can help communities in need in a volunteering capacity and later pass on his skills and experiences as a lecturer to other apprentices.

'Without doubt the value of the learning that took place during my apprenticeship has given me a great sense of achievement and self esteem, both in myself and in the wider community.'​

Runner up: Bevan Holmes - Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical Heavy Vehicle/Plant/Earth Moving/AGMC)

RTO: Charles Darwin University
Employer: Buslink

Training Initiative Award

Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce NT and INPEX.​ ​

Winner: Charles Darwin University

In collaboration with the Department of Resources Fisheries Group and the NT Police Marine Fisheries Enforcement Section, Charles Darwin University successfully delivered the Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Fisheries Compliance Support) course to 21 remote marine rangers. 

The rangers represented nine of sixteen coastal marine/sea ranger groups and all attained their Certificate. This was an outstanding outcome for the first-time delivery of a course designed specifically for Indigenous marine rangers.​

Runner up: Laynhapuy Homelands Association Inc.

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award 

Sponsored by Mr Richard Ryan.

Winner: Howard Pullen - Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University lecturer Howard Pullen is a shining example of an engaged educator. He has delivered state of the art innovative programs to electrotechnology students.

Howard is dedicated to developing green technologies and imparting this knowledge to students here and whilst volunteering overseas in developing countries.

The Northern Territory electrotechnology industry has benefited greatly from Howard’s passion for his trade.​

Runner up: Helen Grant - Taminmin College

VET in Schools Excellence Award

Sponsored by Conoco Philips

Winner: Nhulunbuy High School (NHS)

NHS is a small RTO but from small things quality accomplishments emerge. NHS runs courses catering for local industry in mining, hospitality, retail and business. Their students are in demand in the local community and all find apprenticeships or some form of employment. As NHS is small they are able to offer a highly personalised service which matching students with potential employers.

NHS has doubled VET enrolments since last year.

Runner up: Taminmin College

Small Business of the Year 

Sponsored by NTICN.

Winner: Stone Island Hairdressers

Stone Island Hairdressers has been operating in Darwin for 12 years, and is owned by Colette Forsyth and Fiona Knox. In a busy environment like a hair salon, training is paramount to the whole team delivering high quality services every time, all the time. Stone Island Hairdressers ensures every apprentice or stylist who works there is fully equipped and confident to provide the highest level of quality and value for money.

Stone Island Hairdressers understands that training is at the core of their industry, and their business is built around the belief that only through continually training their team, they can provide the quality service their clients have come to expect.​

Runner up: Darwin City Council

Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by East Arnhem Shire Council.

Winner: Charles Darwin University (CDU)

CDU is a dynamic and robust multi-sector education provider which aims to provide its students with qualifications that will enable them to work anywhere in Australia. CDU provides unique pathways for students from school-based vocational training through the advanced research degrees.

In 2009, CDU provided training in more than 260 VET qualifications ranging from non-award courses through to Certificate I - IV, and Advanced Diploma courses. Despite the substantial size of the organisation, it prides itself on delivering quality VET training to reflect the ever changing industry needs.​

Runner up: Eagle Training Services


2009 winners

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.


2008 winners

The 2008 Northern Territory Training Award winners are:

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Australia Post NT.

Winner: Tiffany Knight - Certificate III in Business

Runner up: Sarah Wickham - Certificate III in Childrens Services

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Winner: Kirsty Lee Bulluss - Certificate III in Hairdressing

Runner up: Elliot Wilson - Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking - Combined)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Sponsored by Australian Apprenticeships NT.

Winner: Natasha Abbott - Certificate III in Business

Runner up: Kylie Boyd - Certificate III in Financial Services

School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Group Training NT.

Winner: Graeme Talbot - Certificate III in Conservation Land Management

Runner up: Nicole Jong - Certificate II in Hospitality and Certificate I in Information Technology

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sponsored by McArthur River Mining Pty Ltd.

Winner: Alice Tulukava Taumalolo - Certificate I in Hospitality and Certificate I in Business

Runner up: Angela Bevington - Certificate I in Hospitality and Certificate I in Information Technology

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce NT.

Winner: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd

Runner up: Traditional Credit Union

Training Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Top End Navy.

Winner: Connell Wagner

Runner up: International College of Advanced Education

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Sponsored by Mr Richard Ryan AO.

Winner: Christine Tayler, Charles Darwin University

Runner up: Marlene Organ, Nhulunbuy High School

Small Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Department of Education and Training.

Winner: I AM Hair and Spa Lounge

VET in Schools Excellence Award

Sponsored by Conoco Phillips

Winner: Nhulunbuy High School

Training Initiative Award

Sponsored by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Winner: Group Training NT

Runner up: Nhulunbuy High School