VET Matters

A quarterly publication developed
by Faculty of VET


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Message from the PVC VET Vocational Education Training

Christine Robetson - PVC VETChristine Robertson

Dear Colleagues,

What a year it has been!  Since the last VET Matters we have risen to many challenges, and made them our successes.  I will let some of the awards from the last six months speak for themselves:

  • CDU VET took out an impressive six categories this year, including Training Provider of the Year, VET Trainer of the Year, and for the eleventh year in a row a CDU trained apprentice took out the Austin Asche Apprentice of the year.  We were so proud of our CDU staff and students representing us at the Australian Training Awards in November, and congratulations to Kimberly Brewster, a CDU VET Business student who has taken out Australian Trainee of the Year.
  • Continuing to demonstrate the quality of our apprentices, CDU VET trained apprentice Rory Milner has had great success this year – Rory won both the General Building & Construction Apprentice of the Year, and Overall Apprentice of the Year categories at the NT Master Builders Association Awards.  Competing against apprentices across the country, Rory has also recently taken out the National Apprentice of the Year category at the National Awards.  Well done Rory on your impressive achievement.
  • Our CDU VET graduates also shone at the 2018 Top End NAIDOC Ball and awards ceremony.  A big congratulations to Marie Rowell and John Artango, who both took out the category VET Student of the Year, and Tyronne De Santis who took out Apprentice of the Year.
  • Our regional achievements continue with CDU VET graduates Billie Yunupingu and Ramsey Gurruwiwi receiving awards as part of the Adrian Wagg Memorial Training Award at the recent Gulkula Celebration Ceremony, and CDU Katherine staff Wanda Davis and Christopher Dixon being acknowledged at the Katherine Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Awards.
  • We continue to be acknowledged by our peers through our internal awards.  The Flamin’ Award flew to Alice Springs this year and was awarded to the Tourism & Hospitality Central team, and recently Team Admin Palmerston won the team category for Exceptional Performance by General Staff, and the Hair & Beauty team took out one of the Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning categories at the annual VC Awards. Well done to all teams involved.
  • Lastly, it has also been a great time for celebration, with prize giving and graduation ceremonies well underway, and special celebration ceremonies for students at the Gulkula Regional Training Centre, and for students studying with us in Timor Leste.

This will be my final communication as Pro Vice Chancellor CDU VET, and the amount of awards received across staff and students in only six months shows me how far we have come, and how much we can achieve.  I have witnessed amazing growth and transformation in the last three years, as staff have embraced the VET Plan, risen to the challenges, and continue to strategically work towards our key ambitions in supporting our students, our communities, our industry partners, and government priorities.

I’d like to thank all staff for their support and commitment over this time, and I know you will continue to use your passion and experience to produce the kinds of results listed above.  I’d especially like to thank previous and current members of the VET Executive Group.  Their continued passion, leadership, and advocacy for CDU VET is core to supporting our staff in being able to deliver meaningful and engaging learning experiences to our students whether it be on campus, on country, or around the World.

I look forward to hearing of your achievements in 2019 and beyond.

All the best,


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