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Thursday, 20 December 2018
Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET MATTERS

Welcome from the Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training

What a year it has been!  Since the last VET Matters we have risen to many challenges, and made them our successes.  I will let some of the awards from the last six months speak for themselves:

  • CDU VET took out an impressive six categories this year, including Training Provider of the Year, VET Trainer of the Year, and for the eleventh year in a row a CDU trained apprentice took out the Austin Asche Apprentice of the year.  We were so proud of our CDU staff and students representing us at the Australian Training Awards Pro Vice Chancellor Christine Robertsonin November, and congratulations to Kimberly Brewster, a CDU VET Business student who has taken out Australian Trainee of the Year.
  • Continuing to demonstrate the quality of our apprentices, CDU VET trained apprentice Rory Milner has had great success this year – Rory won both the General Building & Construction Apprentice of the Year, and Overall Apprentice of the Year categories at the NT Master Builders Association Awards.  Competing against apprentices across the country, Rory has also recently taken out the National Apprentice of the Year category at the National Awards.  Well done Rory on your impressive achievement.
  • Our CDU VET graduates also shone at the 2018 Top End NAIDOC Ball and awards ceremony.  A big congratulations to Marie Rowell and John Artango, who both took out the category VET Student of the Year, and Tyronne De Santis who took out Apprentice of the Year.
  • Our regional achievements continue with CDU VET graduates Billie Yunupingu and Ramsey Gurruwiwi receiving awards as part of the Adrian Wagg Memorial Training Award at the recent Gulkula Celebration Ceremony, and CDU Katherine staff Wanda Davis and Christopher Dixon being acknowledged at the Katherine Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Awards.
  • We continue to be acknowledged by our peers through our internal awards.  The Flamin’ Award flew to Alice Springs this year and was awarded to the Tourism & Hospitality Central team, and recently Team Admin Palmerston won the team category for Exceptional Performance by General Staff, and the Hair & Beauty team took out one of the Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning categories at the annual VC Awards. Well done to all teams involved.
  • Lastly, it has also been a great time for celebration, with prize giving and graduation ceremonies well underway, and special celebration ceremonies for students at the Gulkula Regional Training Centre, and for students studying with us in Timor Leste.


This will be my final communication as Pro Vice Chancellor CDU VET, and the amount of awards received across staff and students in only six months shows me how far we have come, and how much we can achieve.  I have witnessed amazing growth and transformation in the last three years, as staff have embraced the VET Plan, risen to the challenges, and continue to strategically work towards our key ambitions in supporting our students, our communities, our industry partners, and government priorities.

I’d like to thank all staff for their support and commitment over this time, and I know you will continue to use your passion and experience to produce the kinds of results listed above.  I’d especially like to thank previous and current members of the VET Executive Group.  Their continued passion, leadership, and advocacy for CDU VET is core to supporting our staff in being able to deliver meaningful and engaging learning experiences to our students whether it be on campus, on country, or around the World.

I look forward to hearing of your achievements in 2019 and beyond.

All the best,
Christine


Table of Contents


What's new

VET Nursing Students embrace virtual reality

VET Nursing students have participated in a Virtual Reality (VR) trial experiencing a real-time simulation that allows them to freely navigate and explore an anatomically accurate 3D model of the...

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VSO Team 2018

Office of VET Business Improvements - Overview

The Office of VET Business Improvements (VBI) has had a productive year with various projects being conducted by the team over the past six months.  We are currently focused on finishing off 2018,...

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Tourism and Hospitality Central Team

Alice Springs Campus Review

Trades staff supporting each other across campuses
2018 has been a big year for the School of Trades in Alice Springs.  While working to recruit in existing programs in...

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Vicki Willians & Chris Dixon

Katherine Campus review

Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Awards
The annual Katherine Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Awards were held on 20th October 2018.The Chamber of Commerce NT Customer...

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VC Award of Excellence 2018 - Hair, Beauty & Retail Team

Palmerston Campus Review

Palmerston Campus takes out two awards at the VC Awards
The Palmerston Campus was well represented at the VC Awards held in November.

Congratulations to the...

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Letisha Thompson, Wilhemina Olsen, Ekyra Newton-Aragon

Female VET Secondary Students take on Trades

Women in trades are becoming no strangers in the classroom. CDU VET is seeing increasing numbers of females participating in trades training, historically being a male dominated industry.  Recently...

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Back row: Chef David, Jariah, McKenzie, Kaitlyn, Tiger, Tanya (YWNT) Front: Joseph

CareerStart Hospitality

CareerStart Hospitality aims to support local small to medium employers by engaging students on a study pathway into a commercial cookery career, developing long-term employment prospects for the...

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Achievements
NT Training Award Winners 2018

NT Training Awards

VET staff and students have shone again at the NT Training Awards, held in Darwin in September this year.

CDU VET staff and students took out an impressive six awards on the night, and...

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Chrissy Zelley, VET Lecturer Early Childhood Education & Care

VET Trainer of the year - Reflections from previous winners

Charles Darwin University has some of the most passionate and dedicated vocational education trainers in the country, which can be demonstrated having won VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year at the NT...

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Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Nathan Powell, GTNT and Power and Water Corporation

Over ten years of award success for CDU apprentices

The NT Training Awards are an annual event run by the NTG Department of Trade, Business and Innovation that celebrate the success of vocational education and training students, teachers, and...

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Gulkala Celebration Ceremony 2018 Nhulunbuy

Gulkula Celebration Ceremony

On 1 November 2018, the annual Nhulunbuy Achievement Awards were held at the Walkabout Lodge in Nhulunbuy. With over 70 people attending this year, this event celebrates the achievements of students...

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Stuart Cooper, Senior Project Advisor

CDU finalises project in Timor-Leste

The Hospitality and Tourism School’s 18-month program in Timor-Leste has concluded. The program has been a success, with all contract deliverables having been achieved. CDU was subcontracted to the...

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Rory Milner Apprentice 2018 of the Year

Apprentice success at the NT Master Builder Association Awards

The quality of CDU VET Trained apprentices was on show again at the 2018 Excellence in Building and Construction Awards held by NT Master Builders Association in August this year.Of special note is...

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Quality matters

Office of Education Innovation - overview

The Office of Education Innovation has had a very busy year with key developments in NT VET Trainer workforce development, International education delivery, and professional practice support across...

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VET Customer Service Officer Professional Development Day 2018

The Customer Service Officer (CSO) Professional day was held on Wednesday 12 September 2018 at Casuarina Campus, facilitated by the VET Support Group from the Casuarina office, and video linked to...

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VET events
staff of School of VET Community & Children’s Services, English Language, Literacy & Numeracy

Community Services supports Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is an important annual event, and the Community Services Team participated in several initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the community.
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Red Centre NATS 2018

Red Centre NATS

Red Centre NATS 2018 was attended by Darwin, and Central, Civil and Automotive Teams from the School of Trades. The teams had to transport as many vehicles as people to the popular event for display...

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Our Indigenous connections
Barbara Cram, VET Indigenous Training Coordinator

VET Indigenous Training Coordinator

The new VET Indigenous Training Coordinator role aims to strengthen and expand delivery of accredited training in collaboration with Indigenous enterprises and communities in urban, regional and...

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Tiwi island CDU Students AHC20416

Tiwi Island Student Graduation

In 2017 the CDU VET Horticulture team commenced building a delivery plan for AHC20416 Certificate II Horticulture at Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island.

Students of varied ages (21-65) enrolled...

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Apprentice AIR30616 - Keith Draper & Ian Britton – VET Lecturer

Student profile: mature aged apprentice Keith Draper

Keith Draper is enrolled as a first-year mature aged student, located in town of Katherine enrolled in AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. Working for the Indigenous...

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Staff movements
Ashar Ehsan, Executive Director VET Strategy & Operations

Welcome - Ashar Ehsan

Mr Ashar Ehsan has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, VET Strategy and Operations, commenced in June 2018.

Ashar has a 25 year career history within the vocational and...

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Abbey Murray, VET Executive Officer

Staff Movement - Abbey Murray

Abbey is a business analyst and project manager with more than ten years’ experience working in the education sector.

Abbey has been at Charles Darwin University for the last two years...

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kim hawkins

Staff Movement - Kim Hawkins

Ms Kim Hawkins has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, VET Education Innovation in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training. 

Kim joined CDU...

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Victor Whitehurst VET Lecturer WA Building Design & Drafting

Welcome - Victor Whitehurst

Relocated from Perth, in October joined the School of Trades following a career of 7 years as a Lecturer in Building Design & Drafting at North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge Perth.
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Ann-marie Loebel

Welcome - Ann-Marie Loebel

Ann-Marie moved from Adelaide early in 2018. Her background is primarily in disability, aged care and child protection working in staff training, social policy and peer support programs for people...

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Joanne Goodwin

Welcome - Joanne Goodwin

Jo Goodwin has recently moved to Darwin and joined our Casuarina CDU campus as a VET Community Services Lecturer.  She began her career as an Aged Care Support Worker and Diversional Therapist in...

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Tanja Hermansen

Welcome - Tanja Hermansen

Born and raised in Darwin. I have been working in administration in construction for the past 5 years. I choose to leave that construction industry and pursue my career in administration.   Commenced...

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Jasmeen Bedi

Welcome - Jasmeen Bedi

Jasmeen commenced in September, joining the School of Tourism, Hospitality & Service Industries as a VET Customer Service Officer previously located in Melbourne for 8 years, now residing in...

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Amanda Gibbs, Fiona Warde, Vanessa Kren

Welcome - Vanessa Kren

Welcome back Vanessa, Vanessa has returned to CDU for a while to support our students as they finish their final services over the next few weeks. Vanessa has been studying her Batchelor of Nursing...

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Vanessa Mills

Welcome - Vanessa Mills

A stay at home mum for last 6 years working a part time job and eventually relocating to Darwin in 2016 with her family for better work opportunities for my husband (who is also a  lecturer in...

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Welcome - Rodney Sims

Rodney has been involved in the Australian meat industry for 45 years, as a Master Butcher, as a teacher, and as an International Meat Industry Technical consultant. Rodney has owned and operated two...

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Jasmine Martin

Staff Movement - Jasmine Martin

Learning can be an uncomfortable experience. It’s not uncommon to experience frustration, stress and to loose motivation due to those feelings. My passion is to help students learn efficiently whilst...

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Matilda Coleman

Welcome - Matilda Coleman

Matilda Coleman joined Charles Darwin University’s ELLAN team as a full time ESL VET Lecturer in May 2018. She first started tutoring ESL students in Adelaide as part of the Adult Migrant English...

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Kristen Sierke

Welcome - Kristen Sierke

Began as the role as the VET Development Officer - Tourism & Guiding in April. The major focus of the job role is to proudly administer the Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides course with remote...

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Alexandra Jennes

Welcome - Alex Jennes

After working more than 20 years (inter)nationally in education, training and Human Resources, Alex settled eleven years ago in Darwin. It is here where she wanted to go back to where it all starts...

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Gavin Snell

Staff Movement - Gavin Sell

Gavin having lived in the Territory for over 20 years was recently employed at CDU in 2014 working in the Office of Professional Experience and Placements as Administration Officer.    Gary’s work...

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Casey Hawkey

Welcome - Casey Hawkey

My professional career has centred on Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management primarily water resources management, rehabilitation and environmental impact assessment.  Possess...

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Margaret Burden & Douglas Graetz

Farewell

The Office of VET Business Improvement Team, farewell long term employees who recently have both retired.  Margaret Burden, Senior Australian Apprenticeships who had a  working career of over 30...

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Farewell

The School of Primary Industries farewelled long term employee Chadd Mumme, VET Team Leader Maritime & Seafood.  Chadd has relocated with his family to Tasmania. The Horticulture Team farewelled...

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