E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
VET Lecturer Wendy Blight is a finalist for Trainer of the Year in the Northern Territory Training Awards 2021.
VET Lecturer Wendy Blight is a finalist for Trainer of the Year in the Northern Territory Training Awards 2021.

From VET student to NT Trainer of the Year finalist

With 15 vocational education and training (VET) certificates under her belt, Charles Darwin University (CDU) VET Lecturer from the Alice Springs Campus, Wendy Blight, is a strong believer in lifelong learning.

It comes as no surprise then, that the much-admired Ms Blight was named a finalist for Trainer of the Year in the Northern Territory Training Awards this year.

Ms Blight’s teaching area spans accounting, business, entrepreneurship, retail and work health and safety. She has been teaching at CDU's Alice Springs campus since 2013.

As a late starter, enrolling into her first VET course in her 30s, Ms Blight believes VET opens numerous possibilities.

Ms Blight did not complete high school and started her career working in hospitality, making beds and pouring beer. She quickly moved up the ranks and had her own backpacker accommodation business at the age of 30.

While managing her personal finances she discovered a love of numbers and soon took aVET  bookkeeping course at CDU.

“Learning in the VET environment was my happy place. I was like a sponge that absorbed everything I could learn and I love to pass it on,” Ms Blight said.

Since then, she has been “all over the place”, going from one VET course to another and eventually obtaining 15 certificates in 14 years.

Now she is giving back and changing the lives of her students through VET.

“I believe the better the experience is, the better students learn,” she said.

Ms Blight appreciates the supportive Alice Springs community.

“The local industries are always there to help out through engagement and consultation,” she said.

“The Northern Territory has a very diverse population of students. It makes me proud to teach students from such a variety of demographics and to get them through their education,” she said.

In addition to Ms Blight, CDU VET Lecturer Catherine Mulhall has also been nominated for the Trainer of the Year Award. CDU is up for an award in the Large Training Provider category. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 18 September.