CDU excels in the 2006 NT Vocational Training Awards 


Charles Darwin University (CDU) has enjoyed outstanding success in the 2006 NT Vocational Training awards, taking out the major training award for an institution and winning many of the individual categories.

CDU won the Training Provider of the Year Award for its outstanding achievements in all aspects of the delivery of vocational education and training. The award is sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy in the North.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Helen Garnett said she was delighted with the success of VET staff and students.

“CDU’s success is undoubtedly due to the hard work of staff, students and the administrative support staff in all areas of the University,” she said.

“Training is fundamentally a three-way partnership and the success at these awards is based on a strong commitment from the student, the employer and CDU as the trainer. We will be continuing along the quality trail and building on this success with on-going industry engagement.”

The glittering awards night was held at the Skycity casino ballroom in Darwin on Saturday, September 15.

Winners and runner-ups from CDU were:

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Michael Lane, Certificate III in Plumbing, Drainage and Gas Fitting (Sponsored by DEST)

Runner Up: Samantha, Harbrow Certificate III in Electrotechnology - Systems Electrician

Trainee of the Year

Winner: Mitchell Beagley, Certificate II in the Seafood Industry (Aquaculture) (Sponsored by Australia Post, NT)

Vocational Student of the Year

Winner: Huw Brokensha, Certificate IV in Business

School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Winner: Amina Sherif, Certificate II in Clothing Production (Sponsored by Group Training NT)

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Winner: Brooke Rainbird, Certificate II in Tourism Operations (Sponsored by McArthur River Mining Pty Ltd)

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

Winner: Amanda Cawthorne-Crosby, Alice Springs Campus Children’s Services

Runner Up: Ty Lee, Palmerston Campus Commercial Cookery

Training Initiative Award

This award was presented to Group Training NT for the Essential Services Operator program in remote communities. CDU provides the training for this program.

Award winners will now compete against students from other states in the national Australian Training Awards for 2006, which will be held in Adelaide on November 16.