The Northern Territory Training Awards held on 21 September 2019 celebrated diversity of training fields and training in rural and remote areas. ITECA members won awards for supporting the International Student of the Year and the Indigenous Student of the Year.
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The Northern Territory Training Awards took place on 21 September 2019 at the Darwin Convention Centre. These awards recognised the best in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for their contribution to providing students and employers with quality outcomes.
This year’s awards celebrated diversity in training fields and training in rural and remote areas with almost a quarter of nominees from remote areas.
The International Vocational Student of the Year Award was awarded to Sunday Mishu, student at the International College of Advanced Education, a valued ITECA Member. When Sunday Mishu decided to embark on a journey of learning within the hospitality industry he didn’t realise the passion it would ignite in him to strive to be the best in his field. As a first step into the industry, Sunday undertook a Certificate IV in Hospitality, closely followed by an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and on the job learning.
The 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award was won by Raelene Collins who completed a Certificate III In Laboratory Skills with Group Training Northern Territory, another ITECA member. Raelene Collins couples her knowledge of traditional medicine used in Australia for thousands of years with contemporary practices in her pursuit of becoming a paediatrician. Raelene has also met with Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP to secure funding for HealthLAB and has contributed to Menzies School of Health Research’s Traditional Australian Medicinal Plants Agribusiness project.
NT Minister for Workforce Training and Minister for Education, the Hon. Selena Uibo congratulates the winners on their outstanding achievements. He noted that almost a quarter of nominees this year came from regional and remote areas, reflecting the Northern Territory Government’s significant investment in jobs in the bush.
There are more around 26 independent vocational education providers in the Northern Territory. The 2019 State of the Sector Report shows that collectively these independent providers support more than 67% of the 48,200 students resident in an Australian VET program in that territory.
The finalists will now compete at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019.
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Northern Territory Committee.
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