Bumper crop of Territory training talent

The best and brightest of the Territory’s trainers, trainees and employers were recognised at the NT Training Awards.

This year’s Northern Territory Training Awards received an incredible response with 81 nominations across the 12 categories.

The vocational education and training sector plays an integral role in the ongoing economic and social growth of the Territory by skilling and training the current and future workforce.

Developing a strong local workforce’s means local business can take advantage of new opportunities and support the economic development of the Northern Territory.

Medium Employer of the Year was awarded to Hastings Deering,

Specialising in the sale of Caterpillar equipment, Hastings Deering also provides service support and technology solutions to a range of industries including mining and construction.

In addition to support they provide to industry, the company has their own registered training organisation and has developed training packages tailored to specific areas of their business.

Small Business of the Year was awarded to Nail Lovers.

Operating since 2012, Nail Lovers was the first nail parlour in Darwin to invest in an apprentice program.

Since the introduction of the training program the business has grown from five employees to 14 including a mix of full, part-time and apprenticeship roles.

Thomas Moulds was named the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year.

He completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician this year and has gone on to gain multiple accreditations through short courses.

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”.

The winners from a number of categories will have the opportunity to represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Training Awards, which will held in Canberra on 23 November.

View the full list of NT Training Award winners.

2017 Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year, Thomas Moulds