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Bakery lecturer rises to top shelf at training awards

By Patrick Nelson

Bakery lecturer David Barker … runner up at the Australian Training Awards. Photo Hayley Richmond Bakery lecturer David Barker … runner up at the Australian Training Awards. Photo Hayley Richmond

Charles Darwin University bakery lecturer David Barker has won the runner-up Trainer of the Year award at the Australian Training Awards in Perth.

The result is among the best by a Territorian in the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year category in the 20 years since the awards began.

Based at Palmerston campus since joining CDU’s Commercial Cookery and Bakery Team five years ago, Mr Barker said it had been an honour to represent the Territory and meet with some of the best teachers and trainers in the nation.

“They were all amazing people; each one a winner for having made it to the nationals,” Mr Barker said.

“It was great to swap ideas and share war stories and to share in the general excitement of such a big event.”

Mr Barker said he had felt confident of a good outcome following a panel interview in which he described his passion for delivering baking skills to a diverse student base including Indigenous and non-Indigenous school students, apprentices and trainees, international students and mature aged students.

“They were looking for someone who could be the best ambassador to promote Vocational Education and Training across Australia,” he said.

Mr Barker was one of five Territorians from CDU to qualify for the Australian Training Awards, each having earlier this year won categories at the Territory Training Awards. The others were Michael Treloar (Certificate III in Plumbing), Louise Maxwell (Certificate IV in Population Health), Calista Hudson (Certificate III and IV in Fitness) Teague Masterson (Certificate III in Engineering, Mechanical Trade).