VET Matters

A quarterly publication developed
by Faculty of VET


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Welcome to VET Matters

Welcome from the Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training

Dear Colleagues,

There is much to celebrate in this edition of VET Matters!

The significant achievements of CDU VET, the work of our staff across Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs campuses and our regional and remote locations, and the success of our students, have all been recognised with a range of government, business and industry awards for excellence in vocational education and skills training.

This year’s NT Training Awards Gala Event was an outstanding night with CDU VET winning the 2017 NT Training Provider of the Year and our staff and students winning awards across five categories.
Congratulations go to all our 2017 winners and runners up -

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year
Mr Thomas Moulds
Employer: Electric NT Pty Ltd

VET in Schools Student of the Year
Mr Cameron Brodie
School: Good Shepherd Lutheran College

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Miss Kate Gornall
School: O'Loughlin Catholic College

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
Miss Fiona Plunkett
School of Primary Industries
Agriculture and Rural Operations
Katherine Rural Campus

and Runner-ups;

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Mr Lloyd Mitjpadada
Employer: East Arnhem Regional Council

Vocational Student of the Year
Mr Richard Vogt
Employer: Rich Life Health

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Mr Jaiden Thompson
School: Good Shepard Lutheran College

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
Howard Pullen
School of Trades, Electrotechnology
Casuarina Campus

Our CDU NT Award winners are now in the running for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra this November.
There was well deserved recognition for our Katherine team at this year’s Katherine Chamber of Commerce Awards.  Vicki Williams, Campus Administrator represented CDU and accepted the Customer Service Excellence Award in the non Government Business category for outstanding commitment to serving the Katherine community.

Team members Chrissy Zelley Children’s Services and Tammy Healey Business Studies were nominees in the Most Outstanding Individual category.  The Katherine Community Services Remote Team – Terry Ellem, Natalie Ellis and Michael Bolton were also recognised at the Awards event.

The twenty year contribution of our Director Central Australia to tertiary education leadership was celebrated at the 2017 AUSTAFE conference held in Brisbane in October.  Lyle Mellors was honoured with life membership of the national VET organisation in recognition of his leadership and professionalism across the sector.

And Alice Springs based Tourism and Hospitality Commercial Cookery Lecturer Ingolf Eigenwillig was inducted into the AUSTAFE Hall of Fame receiving the ‘Legends’ award in recognition of 30 years of excellent service to vocational education and training in the NT.

Collectively, these wins reinforce our position as the NT’s major education and training partner with our students, community, industry and government and celebrate our many excellent staff and student achievements!

Best wishes to all our NT Award winners as we now head to Canberra for the Australian Training Awards Finals on 23 November.

Christine Robertson
PVC Vocational Education and Training

Hightlighted News

Diploma Nursing Blackboard Catalyst Award NT Training Awards Winner 2017

Diploma Nursing Blackboard Catalyst Award Winners 2017

The CDU Diploma of Nursing is the first enrolled nursing course in Australia to be approved for online learning, with full accreditation approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).


NT Training Provider of the Year Awards 2017

The 2017 Winners!

This outcome reflects the outstanding commitment and effort of our VET teaching staff, students and administrative support teams who strive for excellence.