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Frontline management graduate collects national award

By Patrick Nelson

Philadelphia Hughes: “study was life-changing” Philadelphia Hughes: “study was life-changing”

A Charles Darwin University graduate with a “hunger for knowledge” has been named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in Hobart.

Philadelphia Hughes, who did not finish high school, but who later completed a Certificate IV in Frontline Management as a mature age student, was one of three CDU graduates among the Territory finalists at the national awards.

“I’m feeling really proud because the other nominees in my category were so talented,” Mrs Hughes said.

She said her decision to enrol in the Vocational Education and Training course was “life changing”.

“The certificate course gave me the building blocks and confidence to build a new future.” 

Mrs Hughes is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at CDU through the NT Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Program. She is also an Aboriginal Student Ambassador, where she is able to be a role model for Indigenous students.

Two Katherine-based CDU graduates also represented the Northern Territory as finalists at the national awards.

Former Electrotechnology Electrician student Taylor Fishlock was named runner up in the Australian Apprentice of the Year category. Business certificate graduate Raymond Fordimail was a finalist in the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award.