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Tourism team wins Brolga award

By Katie Weiss

VET Tourism and Hospitality team (from left): Tim Francis, Caroline Gallacher, Chris Hogarth, Michelle Rojo and Alison Bonney VET Tourism and Hospitality team (from left): Tim Francis, Caroline Gallacher, Chris Hogarth, Michelle Rojo and Alison Bonney

Charles Darwin University has received a top industry award for delivering outstanding tourism training programs across the Northern Territory.

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Tourism and Hospitality team recently accepted a Brolga at the Northern Territory Tourism Awards for delivering high-level industry-based programs to students.

VET lecturer Caroline Gallacher said programs included training students within a simulated tourism business and running “on country” guide training for students in remote parts of the NT.

“We are trying to give students as much hands-on experience as we can, along with the theory, so when they enter the tourism industry they are job-ready,” Ms Gallacher said.

“We work closely with industry to place students in work experience programs so they gain skills in real workplaces.”

She said CDU worked closely with Parks Australia to deliver specialised tour guiding courses for Kakadu or Uluru-Kata Tjuta national parks. The course, developed in partnership with traditional owners, provided tour guides with skills to take groups safely and respectfully into these iconic areas.

“Our team recognises the importance of staff professional development opportunities to ensure our training is in line with industry expectations,” Ms Gallacher said.

“We are so happy and excited to win such an important tourism award,” she said. “Everyone in the team has worked really hard over the past 12 months and it is great recognition for their hard work.”