CDU's VET students scoop the pool 


Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) vocational training students have taken off most of the prizes in the 2006 NT Training Awards held at the Skycity Casino last weekend.

CDU also took off the Training Provider of the Year award, the first time the university has won the prestigious award.

Huw Brokensha, a certificate IV business student, won the Vocational Student of the Year award, with Michael Lane, certificate III in plumbing, drainage and gas fitting, winning the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award.

Runner-up for the apprentice award was Samantha Harbrow, who is studying certificate III in electro-technology.

Trainee of the Year was Mitchell Beagley, studying certificate II in aquaculture.

The winner of the School-based Apprentice award was Amanda Serif, who is studying for her certificate II in clothing production.

The award for the VET in Schools Student of the Year went to Brooke Rainbird, studying certificate II in tourism operation.

VET teachers and trainers also fared well in the awards, with all three finalists in the Teacher/Trainer of the Year coming from CDU.

The winner was Amanda Cawthorne-Crosby, from the Alice Springs campus. Runner-up was commercial cooking teacher Ty Lee from the Palmerston. Nick de Silva, a hospitality lecturer from Alice Springs, was the third finalist.

Award winners will compete in the national finals of the training excellence awards to be held in Adelaide on November 16.