CDU celebrates six winners at NT Training Awards


The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC (left) and Archie Wright (right) congratulate plumbing student Michael Treloar … the NT’s top apprentice in 2013.

Charles Darwin University students and staff have won six out of seven categories for individuals at the NT Training Awards in Darwin at the weekend.

Among the winners were Michael Treloar, a Certificate III in Plumbing student who won the prestigious Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award, and David Barker, a bakery lecturer at Palmerston campus, who won the Trainer of the Year award.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Vocational Education and Training John Hassed said the result reflected CDU’s endeavours to provide high-quality training across a broad field of disciplines.

“I extend my congratulations and best wishes to the six winners, the runners-up and the finalists at these awards,” he said.

“It is exciting that five of the winners are eligible for the Australian Training Awards, which will be presented in Perth in November.”

Mr Hassed said CDU delivered more than 2.8 million curriculum hours of vocational and education training to more than 13,000 students across Australia last year.

“We have the highest per capita VET participation rate in Australia, and a priority for CDU is to align pathways between vocational education and higher education,” he said.

CDU students and staff category winners are:

Michael Treloar (Certificate III in Plumbing) – Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Louise Maxwell (Certificate IV in Population Health) – Trainee of the Year

Calista Hudson (Certificate III and IV in Fitness) – Vocational Student of the Year

Tré Manning-Watson (Certificate III in Fitness) – VET in Schools Student of the Year

Teague Masterson (Certificate III in Engineering, Mechanical Trade) – School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

David Barker (VET lecturer in Bakery) – VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year.

CDU students Grant Walker, Jess Hempsall and Nakita Pollock won runner-up awards and CDU, as a registered training organisation, was runner-up in the Training Provider of the Year category.

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