The NT Training Awards 2020

    By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 1 October 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

The Northern Territory Training Awards are the Department of Trade, Business, and Innovation’s (DTBI) annual premier event that recognises training excellence and achievements of businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers, and students. The distinguished annual NT Training Awards celebrated 65 years of excellence in vocational education and training in the NT in 2020.


The annual awards were created to recognise the fellows who put their minds to work. This recognition was formalised at the first annual Apprenticeship Presentation Dinner, which was held in Darwin in 1969 and was organised by the RAOB Club. The DTBI now coordinates and manages the awards, which are the most reputable event on the calendar of NT vocational education and training.

About the NT Training Awards

The awards are an official recognition of excellence and achievements in acquiring the highest standards of knowledge and skills, i.e., contributing to high training standards, and for personal achievement in the vocational education and training VET sector. The awards also help finalists get an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and professional opportunities in their industry, as well as to be a part of an elite group of ambassadors who can speak for the Territory’s best in vocational education and training.

NT Training Awards Selection Process

Nominations are accepted for the NT Training Awards every year. Individual candidates who want to be considered for the awards must submit a written online nomination. Each written nomination will be evaluated against the selection criteria to determine the shortlisted nominees, who will then advance to the final round. Finalists for the awards will have to do an interview in front of a panel of judges during the Ambassador weekend. They will be required to deliver a 3 to 5 minute “wrap up speech” during the judging interviews. The judges will ask them a series of questions regarding the selection criteria. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night, which will be attended by all finalists.

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Winners and Runners-Up 2020

Prize winners in each category will not only receive a cash prize, but they will also represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Training Awards. The NT Training Awards are divided into 12 categories: seven for individuals and five for organisations.


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 Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the Gala Awards Night. Kevin, our trainer, was named runner-up within the NT Training Awards’ Trainer of the Year category at the Gala Awards Night.

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Kevin Gawada teaches electrical and instrumentation at the Australian Institute of Electrotechnology (Ausinet), where he employs a hands-on approach rather than classroom theory. He considers electricity to be one of the greatest discoveries in history because it has improved people’s lives. He mentions how endless the possibilities are, which is one of the reasons he enjoys teaching. Finally, he states that “learning never stops, particularly in the electrical industry where technology is changing all the time.”


Vocational education and training has always been recognised as an important player in the NT. Whether defined as apprenticeship training, adult education, TAFE, or VET, the acquisition of job-related skills is widely regarded as critical to the Territory’s social, economic, and cultural development. Recognizing and celebrating successes in the Territory’s educational sector ensures a continuous pursuit of excellence in training, which leads to a stronger economy based on creativity, innovation, and knowledge, and, ultimately, improved global competitiveness.

Last reviewed date: 01/10/2020

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