Industry recognises CDU lecturer 

CDU's David Cook receives the coverted Taylor Award at the 2009 Welding Technology Institute of Australia Awards in Melebourne

Charles Darwin University’s Dave Cook has been recognised with a major award at the 2009 Welding Technology Institute of Australia Awards in Melbourne last night (Wed 13 May).

Thematic Team Leader of CDU’s Heavy Equipment Metal Trades, Mr Cook was awarded the coveted Florence Taylor Award during the industry’s night of nights.

The award recognised Mr Cook’s contributions to education and training, and developing industry skills in the Northern Territory.

His work in helping to build a skilled workforce for the future included developing and updating training courses.

Mr Cook also played a pivotal role in CDU becoming the first educational institution in Australia to offer students international accreditation in welding qualifications.

Congratulating Mr Cook, CDU’s General Manager – Vocational Educational and Training Business Improvement, Aaron Devine said a close, working relationship with industry underpinned VET activities at CDU.

“Dave’s work in bringing together the engineering and fabrication industries and the training sector ensures that CDU will continue to provide graduates who are well trained, highly skilled and sought after by employers.”

The Welding Technology Institute of Australia, of which CDU is a member, was formed in 1989 by the amalgamation of the Australian Welding Institute and the Australian Welding Research Association. The WTIA's goal is to assist in making Australian industry locally and globally competitive in welding-related activities.