Issue 17
Monday, 26 September 2016
Charles Darwin University
NT Training Award winners (from left) Ella Cavallaro, Ashlee Coleman and Scarlett Gray
NT Training Award winners (from left) Ella Cavallaro, Ashlee Coleman and Scarlett Gray

Women feature at NT Training Awards

By Patrick Nelson

Four Charles Darwin University VET students and a trainer from Katherine have been recognised for excellence at the NT Training Awards ceremony in Darwin.

Three of the students won individual categories, while the others recognised were runners-up. All are women.

Among the winners was electro-technology electrical student Ella Cavallaro, who won the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Award. It is the 11th consecutive year that a CDU student has taken home this prestigious prize. 

CDU’s other winners on the night were Ashlee Coleman (Certs III and IV in Community Services), who won the Vocational Student of the Year award, and Scarlett Gray (Certs III and IV in Fitness) who collected the prize for VET in Schools Student of the Year.

The runners-up were Katherine-based business lecturer Tammy Healey in the VET teacher / trainer of the year category and Courtney Cameron (Cert III in Cookery) in the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award.

In congratulating the winners and runners up, Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson said training was fundamentally a three-way partnership involving the student, employer and CDU as the trainer.

“It is pleasing to note that the coveted Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award was won by a female Electro-technology apprentice for the second year in a row, indicating our strong commitment to supporting women in trades at CDU,” Ms Robertson said. 

“Another six of our students, a second member of staff and two collaborative industry initiatives were selected as finalists, highlighting the depth and breadth of excellence within the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training.”

Ms Robertson said Ms Cavallaro and Ms Coleman would represent the NT at the Australian Training Awards, in Darwin on 17 November.