CDU excels in 2008 NT Vocational Training Awards 


Charles Darwin University (CDU) has enjoyed outstanding success at the recent 2008 Northern Territory Training Awards.

CDU’s best trainees, apprentices and trainers were honoured for their outstanding efforts within their industries at the annual awards.

Early Child Care lecturer, Christine Tayler was recognised for her continued commitment to students, employers and the pursuit of excellence in the delivery of VET in winning the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award.

The award highlighted Ms Tayler’s role in developing an electronic learning tool that appeals directly to the learning styles of Indigenous people.

CDU Director – VET, Aaron Devine said he was delighted with the overall 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,” he said.

Winners of award categories will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Training Awards, which will be held in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre on 20 November 2008.

Winners and runners-up from CDU were:

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

Winner: Christine Tayler, Early Childcare lecturer, Casuarina campus

Small business of the Year Award

Winner: I AM Hair and Spa Lounge, Palmerston campus

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Kirsty Lee Bulluss, Certificate III in Hairdressing, Palmerston campus
Runner up: Elliot Wilson, Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking - Combined), Palmerston campus

School Based Apprentice of the Year Award

Winner: Graeme Talbot, Certificate III in Conservation Land Management, Palmerston campus

Trainee of the Year

Runner up: Sarah Wickham, Childcare studies, Alice Springs campus

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Winner: Natasha Abbott, Business studies, Alice Springs campus
Runner up: Mark Lockyer, Childcare studies, Alice Springs campus