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The NT Training Awards 2020

    The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI) hosts the annual Northern Territory (NT) Training Awards, a flagship event that honours businesses, training groups, apprentices, trainees, trainers, and students for their outstanding training efforts. Through the esteemed annual NT Training Awards, the NT has celebrated excellence in vocational education and training for 65 years, beginning in 2020. 


    The annual awards were initially created to reward the fellows who set their minds to work. This recognition was made more formal at the first annual Apprenticeship Presentation Dinner held in Darwin in 1969, which was organised by the RAOB Club. The awards are now coordinated and managed by the DTBI and are the most prestigious event on the NT vocational education and training calendar.

    The NT Training Awards

    The awards serve as an official declaration of distinction and accomplishment for achieving the greatest levels of knowledge and expertise, or for raising the bar for training and for personal achievement in the vocational education and training VET sector. Aside from providing access to possibilities in their field and a chance to attain personal fulfilment, the awards also give finalists the chance to join an exclusive group of ambassadors who can best represent the Territory in vocational education and training.

    NT Training Awards Selection Process

    The NT Training Awards are made available by nomination. Individual candidates who wish to enter the awards must submit their written nomination. Each written nomination will be assessed against the selection criteria to determine the short-listed nominees, who then become finalists. After that, individual finalists need to attend the ambassador preparation weekend in Darwin for judging interviews. At the judging interviews, they will be required to deliver a 3 to 5 minute “wrap-up speech”. They will be asked a series of questions by the judges that are specifically related to the selection criteria. All finalists will be invited to Gala Awards Night where the winners will be announced.

    NT Training Awards

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    Winners and Runners-Up 2020

    Prize winners of each category will not only receive a share in cash prizes, but they will also have the opportunity to represent the NT at the Australian Training Awards. There are 12 categories in the NT Training Awards; 7 individual categories and 5 organisation categories. 

    Individual categories include:

        • Trainee of the Year

        • Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year

        • Vocational Student of the Year

        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

        • School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

        • VET in Schools Student of the Year

        • VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year

    The Awards Night marked the announcement of the winners on Saturday, 19th September 2020 at the Darwin Convention Centre. Our trainer, Kevin was awarded runner-up in the NT Training Awards for the Trainer of the Year category announced at the Gala Awards Night.

    Ausinet Trainer

    AUSINET’s Chief Trainer

    At the Australian Institute of Electrotechnology (Ausinet), our trainer Kevin Gawada teaches electrical and instrumentation using a hands-on teaching approach rather than classroom theory. He describes electricity as one of the greatest discoveries in history as it has changed life for the better. He mentions that the possibilities are endless and that is one of the reasons he loves teaching. Finally, he said, “Learning never stops, especially in the electrical industry where technology is changing constantly.”


    Vocational education and training have always been viewed as having a significant role in the NT. Whether it was interpreted as apprenticeship training, adult education, TAFE or VET, the acquisition of employment-related skills has been widely deemed as necessary to the Territory’s social, economic and cultural development. Recognising and celebrating successes in the Territory’s educational sector ensures a constant strive for excellence in training, which leads to a stronger economy centred on creativity, innovation, knowledge, and ultimately improved global competitiveness.

    Last reviewed date: 29/12/2023

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