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NT 2016 Training Awards winners

Monday, September 26 2016

In last week’s edition of Monday Update I congratulated all finalists in the awards and singled out for a special mention those ACPET members and their students who had fared well on the night.

I have been politely reminded that as ACPET is part of the broader NT VET community where equity and the acknowledgment of excellence has no fear or favour. Mia culpa.

Following is a complete list of the award recipients – which includes RTOs that are members, non-members, pending members and prospective members.

So indeed, congratulations to all of you.

The winners of the 2016 Northern Territory Training Awards are:

Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by the Gil Court Memorial Fund.

Winner: Ella Cavallaro - Certificate III in Electro technology Electrician
Employer: Power and Water Corporation
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Runner-up: Courtney Cameron - Certificate Ill in Commercial Cookery
Employer: Waterfront Bistro, Darwin Sailing Club
Registered training provider: CDU

Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by Apprentice Employment Network.

Winner: Neda Aleksic - Certificate III in Business

Employer: GTNT
Host employer: BCA National Training Group
Registered training provider: BCA National Training Group

Runner up: Patricia Seden - Certificate III in Business
Employer: Airducter
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, however, 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.
Outside work, Patricia, 23, is proud to have purchased her first car and, late last year, her own home. Her job also means she can travel interstate to visit family more often.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Sponsored by East Arnhem Regional Council

Winner: Dawn Ivinson - Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Client Assessment and Case Management) and Graduate Certificate in Community Service Practice (Statutory Child Protection)
Employer: Department of Children and Families
Registered training provider: The Australian Childhood Foundation

Runner up: Charles Lechleitner - Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Employer: Central Land Council
Registered training provider: Batchelor Institute
Fifty-five-year-old Charles Lechleitner has come a long way since his first job as an Aboriginal station hand in the 1970s, when he was paid in trousers, a hat and boots.
After little formal education in his younger years, Charles started studying for a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (CLM) with Batchelor Institute in Alice Springs in 2012, the same year he began work as a Ltyentye Apurte ranger with the Central Land Council. Charles graduated with his Certificate III in CLM in late 2015. He is now studying for his Certificate IV and working towards a senior ranger role.
Through his training, Charles has learnt many new skills essential for remote ranger work, like chemical handling, welding, machinery maintenance and fencing. His specialisation in erosion work earned him an invitation to co-present at the National Rangelands Conference in 2015 about his soil conservation and rehabilitation work in his community.

Vocational Student of the Year

Winner: Ashlee Coleman - Certificate III and Certificate IV in Community Services
Employer: Machado Joseph Disease Foundation
Registered training provider: CDU

Runner up: Ayak Magok - Certificate Ill in Early Childhood Education and Care
Employer: Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
Registered training provider: Transforming Training

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by GTNT

Winner: Dimiti Andresen - Certificate Ill in Dental Assisting
School: Centralian Senior College
Employer: Department of Health - Oral Health Services
Registered training provider: NT Department of Health

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.
In her free time, Hannah plays badminton, preaches at church and is the vice-captain for Marrara Christian College.

VET in Schools Student of the Year
Sponsored by Glencore’s McArthur River Mine

Winner: Scarlett Gray - Certificate IV in Fitness
School: Darwin High School
Registered training provider: CDU

Runner up: Savanne Canobie - Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
School and registered training provider: Nhulunbuy High School

VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

Winner: Liam Fraser
Subject area: Construction
Employer: Batchelor Institute

Runner up: Tammy Healey
Subject areas: Business studies
Employer: CDU

Small Employer of the Year
Sponsored by NT News

Winner: Electric NT
Electric NT has been operating in the Territory since November 2008. It specialises in a number of commercial electrical applications, including air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, mining facilities, commercial cooking and food preparation equipment and water and sewerage pumping systems.

Runner up: Nail Lovers Darwin
Nail Lovers Darwin was established in Casuarina Square in 2012 and specialises in nail care, treatments and enhancements. The business started with five employees, including its two founders. It now employs 10 people - two senior nail technicians, seven manicurists and one receptionist - in a combination of full-time, part-time, casual and apprentice capacities.

Medium Employer of the Year

Winner: Probuild (NT) Pty Ltd

Probuild (NT) Pty Ltd is civil and commercial construction company with offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. The company was established as a family business in Alice Springs 23 years ago and has grown significantly.
Of its 57 employees, around 9% are actively engaged in training. Apprentices spend about 190 hours per month in training. Company policy is to employ at least two additional apprentices each year while supporting existing apprentices. In the past three years, the company has taken on eight apprentices in Carpentry and Civil Operations, six of whom are still employed full-time.

Runner-up: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd
Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd is the exclusive distributor for the sale of Caterpillar equipment, technology solutions, parts and service support across 23 business service centres in Australia and overseas. The company was established in Alice Springs in 1948 and today has business centres in Darwin, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy.
The company employs some 3,000 people in Australia. There are 113 in the NT, including nine full-time apprentices. Hastings Deering has established its own Registered Training Organisation in Brisbane that supports apprenticeship training in Certificate IV programs.

Large Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Southern Cross Television

Winner: The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Council
The Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA) was formed in 1972 as part of an economic development plan for the Yolngu Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land. Today it employs more than 1,000 people, and 825 are Indigenous. ALPA's operational footprint is 1.2 million square kilometres, and it engages a population of 18,000 with 21 language groups. The ALPA retail division has 26 remote retail stores under its management and operates an RTO in both the NT and Queensland.

Retail training activity for the last 12 months is 134 apprentices at Certificate II, III or IV level in the retail training package. In all, ALPA as an RTO has completed around 1,750 retail apprenticeships since the RTO was registered in 1982.

Training Provider of the Year

Winner: Batchelor Institute

Batchelor Institute is the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary provider in Australia. It has two main campuses in Batchelor and Alice Springs, four regional annexes, and a number of community-based learning centres.
Current enrolment is 1,168, and it has a staff of 412 - 148 of whom are Indigenous - delivering 44 qualifications.
In 2015, 710 Indigenous students completed a certificate or diploma-level qualification. Of these, 69 per cent live in remote and very remote locations.

Runner up: 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.

Industry Collaboration Award

Sponsored by Territory Generation

Winner: Batchelor Institute in collaboration with Australian Defence Force
The Army Indigenous Defence Program (AIDP) creates pathways to employment in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for young Indigenous Australian adults under a military-structured training strategy. Since 2013, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the ADF have collaborated to deliver the AIDP, which focusses on reading, writing and fitness and is tailored for ADF employment.
Of more than 300 applicants to the AIDP from across Australia, 30 are placed in the five-month intensive residential program, held on the Batchelor campus. There is a significant transition rate from the program into ADF employment, and once accepted into the AIDP, candidates become full-time ADF employees, reflecting the collaboration’s success.

Runner up: IE Project in collaboration with Probuild (NT) and Batchelor Institute
IE Project, Probuild NT and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education came together in mid-2015 to create the Indigenous Construction Training Incubator, an initiative to use the construction of the new Northern Territory Open Education Centre as an incubator for skilled and qualified Indigenous workers in the construction sector.
The incubator would enable people to develop work skills and confidence as well as a nationally recognised construction qualification - the first step to a real career pathway. The collaboration has been successful, with 15 trainees now qualified and working. A second group of 14 trainees will start the program next.


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