Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

CDU scoops prestigious training award


By Patrick Nelson


Jesse Woods from Quest Parap and CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor VET John Hassed at the 2012 NT Training Awards

Charles Darwin University has won the prestigious Training Provider of the Year Award at the NT Training Awards in Darwin.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Vocational Education and Training (VET) John Hassed said CDU's success was testimony to the passion and commitment of its staff and the hard work put in by students nominated for a range of awards.

"We offer some 200 VET qualifications to about 14,000 students in more than 150 locations throughout the Territory," he said.

CDU students also featured prominently in several other awards during the gala ceremony at the Darwin Convention Centre.

In the case of both the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year and the Vocational Student of the Year, CDU students finished first and runner-up.

The CDU award winners are:

  • Cameron Smith (Certificate II in Agriculture) won Trainee of the Year
  • Carolyn Maxsted (Cert IV in Fitness) won the Vocational Student of the Year award with Sarah Douglas (Cert III in Fitness) the runner-up
  • Luke Fleming (Cert III in Automotive Mechanical Technology – Heavy Vehicle) won the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award with Hanna Beere (Cert III in Engineering – Fabrication) the runner-up
  • Joshua Tarrant (Cert IV in Fitness) won the VET in Schools Student of the Year award
  • Myra Clark (Cert III in Beauty Services) was runner-up in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award.

The following CDU students were finalists in various categories: Jayde Manning (Cert III in Business), Lachlan Malone (Cert III in Automotive Mechanical Technology – Light Vehicle) and Tayla England (Cert II in Commercial Cookery).

While the Training Initiative Award went to the Minerals Council and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, the training was delivered, in part, by CDU VET lecturer Alvin Tan.

CDU, along with several winners in the individual categories, is now in the running for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards, which will be presented in Melbourne in November.