Issue 9
Monday, 05 November 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
A CDU staff member and several students are among the finalists at the Australian Training Awards
A CDU staff member and several students are among the finalists at the Australian Training Awards

CDU well poised for national training awards

Charles Darwin University will be well represented at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney next week with two high-performing students and a staff member in the running for national kudos.

Among them is Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Nathan Powell who is a finalist in the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award. The former policeman turned his hand to electrotechnology as a mature-age apprentice, where he is highly regarded for outstanding workmanship and work ethic.

Business Administration student Kimberly Brewster is in the running for the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award. Kimberly secured a traineeship with ConocoPhillips, which she credits as the start of a life-long journey that has changed her life. During her traineeship, Kimberly’s lecturers and advisors worked closely with her to monitor her progression. She said that this support enabled her to reach her full potential.

Staff member Chrissy Zelley becomes the second Katherine lecturer in two years to have been shortlisted in the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award.
Ms Zelley has a long connection with CDU, having been a student with the precursor NT University, before a teaching career in Early Childhood, now in its 11th year. Her “classroom” stretches from Kalkaringi to Ngukurr and Mataranka, or about one-and-a-half times the size of Tasmania.

Two former CDU students are also in the running for awards. Sonny Bo-Neil Malmerin-Fejo has been shortlisted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, and Tullalah Jayne-Ormsby in the Australian School-based apprentice of the Year Award.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the Vocational Education and Training sector. This year’s awards will be announced at a presentation dinner at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on 15 November.