A Charles Darwin University (CDU) student is representing the NT as one of 75 finalists announced for the 2022 Australian Training Awards.
CDU student Mary Coulter, 25, of Nightcliff, is nominated for the Apprentice of the Year award, after receiving the NT Training award for the same category.
Ms Coulter recently completed a UEE30820 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician and a UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control at CDU and now works as an electrical and instrumentation technician at Groote Eylandt Mining Company.
“It was a big surprise to win the Apprentice of the Year award for the NT, let alone be a finalist for the Australian Training awards as well,” Ms Coulter said.
“Completing my certificates in electrotechnology and instrumentation at CDU really helped me to stand out in my apprenticeship and secure a permanent full-time job as soon as I graduated.
“I think there’s still so much to learn within the electrical field and CDU really opened up that opportunity to complement my growing skillset with practical education.”
CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Students and VET Sam Jacob said CDU graduates are entering the workforce with competitive training and knowledge that makes them stand out to potential employers.
“The VET sector is integral to training and qualifying the Territory’s workforce for local jobs and employment across Australia’s growing trades and services,” Mx Jacob said.
“CDU is proud to deliver practical courses that are helping so many Territorians boost their incomes, gain career opportunities and secure ongoing employment in trades that are thriving and in-demand.”
Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP said the annual awards are an opportunity for the community to celebrate the skills, commitment and professionalism of the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
“The awards focus not only on the students, trainees and apprentices, but all those people and organisations such as schools, training organisations and employers, who work hard to provide their support and expertise,” Minister O’Connor said.
“The VET sector will be key to solving the nation’s skills shortage. These awards are a timely reminder to the whole country about just what is possible if we focus on quality training and skills development.”
The winners, including those from five direct entry categories recognising national achievement, will be announced in a gala event at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, November 18.