Edition 671, 19 September 2016
- Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship $8 million Grants and Support
- The 2016-2017 online ACPET Catalogue is open for entries!
- ACPET Cairns 2016 Forum - Hon Yvette D’Ath MP is confirmed to attend
- Raising the Bar - speakers and volunteers
- 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne
- Victorian VET RTO Breakfast Series
Northern Territory Training Awards – a celebration of success
Monday, September 19 2016
With a 600 strong showing on the night, the 2016 Training Awards was indeed a night to remember.
Congratulations to all the finalists – all of you are winners. To those ACPET members and private providers on the night, to your teams and students, well done. Now to the National Training Awards in Darwin in November.
Trainee of the Year - Neda Aleksic
Employer: ACPET member GTNT
Host employer: ACPET member BCA National Training Group
Registered training provider: ACPET member BCA National Training Group
When young mother Neda Aleksic started her search for an administration role, she found her lack of experience and previous study a challenge. She opted instead for a traineeship with BCA National studying a Certificate III in Business, which she completed in November 2015 through GTNT.
Neda is now employed full-time in an office administration role with BCA National. She also completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in late 2015, and thanks to both qualifications is working towards a more advanced training coordinator role. She is already hosting orientation sessions for incoming students.
Looking forward, Neda plans additional study in a Certificate IV in Mental Health to support her role.
In her free time, 23-year-old Neda enjoys exercising and coaches her six-year-old son’s soccer team. At the time of writing, she was preparing to MC her friend’s wedding of more than 300 guests.
Training Provider of the Year
Runner up: ACPET member BCA National Training Group
Since 1999, BCA National has run training across Australia, with offices in Darwin and Sydney. The Darwin office was established in August 2011 with one staff member. Today, it has 12 employees and delivers 36 qualifications to 537 students. It delivers training in education and childcare, accountancy, community and social work, aged care and leadership and management across all certificate and diploma levels. Small class sizes of 8 to 15 ensure each student gets sufficient one-on-one time with their trainer.
BCA National’s recently refurbished campus in Parap has modern classrooms and breakout areas. But it also delivers training in regional, rural and remote locations across the NT through face-to-face and blended learning methodologies.
Trainee of the Year
Runner up: Patricia Seden - Certificate III in Business
Registered training provider: Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre
Before she took up a short-term contract as a part-time data entry clerk at Airducter, Patricia Seden found it difficult to present confidently at job interviews and find work.
She impressed her new employer and was soon offered a full-time receptionist position and a traineeship to complete a Certificate Ill in Business via the Dovaston Training and Assessment Centre. Patricia graduated in April 2016.
Patricia’s traineeship has given her many new skills, such as payroll processing, operating computer systems, running reception and providing administration support. Her on-the-job experience significantly helped with her studies because both related well to each other. Patricia plans to study for a Certificate IV in Business next.
School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Winner: Dimiti Andresen - Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting
School: Centralian Senior College
Employer: Department of Health - Oral Health Services
Registered training provider: ACPET Member NT Department of Health
Year 12 student Dimiti Andresen, 17, is a school-based apprentice at Centralian Senior College in Alice Springs. She started studying for a Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting in April 2015 and has a full-time role with the NT Government’s Oral Health Services branch. Dimiti is also working towards a Certificate Ill in Business.
As a dental assistant, Dimiti assists a dentist during oral health care procedures. She has progressed well in her training and can work autonomously, with support, on certain procedures. She has learnt about dental conditions and procedures, how to safely mix chemicals and how to sterilise instruments.
Runner up: Hannah Christopher - Certificate II in Community Services and Certificate III in Education Support
School: NT Christian College
Employer: NT Christian Schools
Registered training provider: Transforming Training
Hannah Christopher, 16, enrolled in her Certificate Il in Community Services in February 2015 as a year 11 student at NT Christian College, completing it in November the same year. She is due to complete her Certificate Ill in Education Support in November 2016.
Hannah’s parents also look after boarding students, so after growing up in a house full of Indigenous girls who had homework support each week, Hannah decided she wanted a similar career. She became a homework tutor to students at her own school and her career pathway became clear.
Hannah chose an Australian school-based apprenticeship because it opens up pathways to further learning and allows her to blend both on and off-the-job training.
Again well done to all.
Trainee of the Year - Neda Aleksic