Issue 10 - 7 November 2011 enews home

CDU dominates Worldskills awards


By Leanne Coleman

Charles Darwin University hospitality student Courtney Collins will represent the Northern Territory at next year's Australian Worldskills VETiS competition after winning the Regional Worldskills VET in Schools (VETiS) Food and Beverage Competition.

The Worldskills NT Regional VETiS Hospitality Competition, hosted by CDU's training restaurant Karawa, aimed to find the best young waitperson in the Top End, bringing together eight highly talented contestants.

CDU Karawa Restaurant Manager and Lecturer Alex Ehrlich said CDU students took out the top three awards, with first prize awarded to Courtney Collins, from Marrara Christian Collage, who is about to complete her Certificate III Hospitality Operations.

Second prize went to Hanna Ballantyne from Dripstone High School, who is about to complete her Certificate II in Hospitality Operations, with Emanuel Viera from Kormilda and Leah Salmic, Darwin Middle School sharing the third prize.

Mr Ehrlich said that all eight contestants were considered to be of such high standard that the industry representatives on the judging panel extended job offers to all those who competed. All competitors are students at Karawa Training Restaurant at CDU's Palmerston campus as part of the VETiS program.

"This truly is a case of industry and education working hand in hand, where everyone is a winner," Mr Ehrlich said.

As the winner Courtney will represent the NT at the national competition in November 2012.