The NT Training Awards 2020

The NT Training Awards 2020

    By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 8 October 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

The Northern Territory (NT) Training Awards are the annual premier event organised by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI) recognising training excellence and achievements of businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers and students. The year 2020 marks 65 years of celebrating the excellence in vocational education and training in the NT through the prestigious annual NT Training Awards. 


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.

About the NT Training Awards

The awards are an official recognition of excellence and achievements in gaining the highest standards of knowledge and skills, i.e. contributing to high standards of training, and for personal achievement in the vocational education and training VET sector. The awards also offer finalists a chance to achieve personal satisfaction and access opportunities in their industry, and provide the opportunity to be part of an elite group of ambassadors, who can speak for the Territory best 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 minutes “wrap up speech”. The judges will ask them a series of questions that directly relates to the selection criteria. All finalists will be invited to Gala Awards Night where the winners will be announced.

The 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, they will 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 winners were announced at the Gala Awards Night on the 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.

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Kevin Gawada teaches electrical and instrumentation at Australian Institute of Electrotechnology (Ausinet), using a hands-on teaching model instead of 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 has 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 social, economic and cultural development. Recognising and celebrating successes in the Territory educational sector ensures a constant strive for excellence in training, which leads to a stronger economy centred on creativity, innovation, knowledge, and ultimately an improved global competitiveness.

Last reviewed date: 8/10/2020

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