NT Govt, CDU supporting a more skilled workforce 

Regina McCarthy, Vincent Thorbjornsen, Tanya Dryden and Nicole Pollard and with the Minister for Education, Marion Scrymgour

The Minister for Education, Marion Scrymgour, recently visited Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina campus to meet with scholarship and bursary recipients in both higher education and vocational educational and training.

Speaking at CDU where she met four of the successful students, Ms Scrymgour said the efforts of students who worked to undertake more training and improve their skills should be recognised and rewarded.

“This is great for the development of the students and trainees themselves and also fills the demand for skilled workers in the growing NT economy,” she said.

“Providing support to individual students is one of the many ways the NT Government and CDU is supporting a stronger Territory workforce and striving to meet the high demand for skilled workers, teachers and other professionals.”

Vincent Thorbjornsen (Bachelor of Teaching and Learning/Bachelor of Applied Science) is the recipient of a Student Teacher Bursary valued at $12 000; Nicole Pollard (Bachelor of Pharmacy) is the recipient of a Higher Education Scholarships valued at $3500 a year; and Regina McCarthy (Bachelor of Teaching and Learning) is the recipient of a scholarship under the More Indigenous Teacher Program.

Regina, a recipient under the “More Indigenous Teachers Program” and a mother of three, said the scholarship would enable her to act as a role model for Indigenous students and develop cultural awareness through her teaching.

Certificate III student in Community Services Work, Tanya Dryden was recognised with a $4000 VET scholarship targeted at creating greater industry diversification.

Ms Scrymgour presented scholarships and bursaries totalling $3 million to almost 90 new higher education and vocational educational and training students at a ceremony at Parliament House.