THE Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has taken out some of the Northern Territory's most prestigious vocational education awards.
The NT Training Awards, which recognise the training excellence and achievements in the vocation education and training sector, were held in the Top End recently.
After being nominated in five separate categories, Batchelor Institute, which has campuses spread across the Territory, won three awards and was a finalist in the other two.
Senior lecturer Liam Fraser won the VET Teacher/Trainer of the year for his excellent work in teaching students across the Territory construction skills.
Batchelor Institute's Army Indigenous Development Program, which is run in partnership with the Australian Defence Force, was awarded Industry Collaboration of the Year.
Lieutenant Colonel John Papalitsas CSC, who works with Batchelor Institute on the program, was among the joint team of Batchelor Institute and Army staff who accepted the award. He said the program and partnership offered distinct advantages to all involved.
"It honestly is one of the things that I remain proudest of,” Lt-Col Papalitas said. "Our collaboration with Batchelor and the work that is done to present opportunities to young indigenous men and women is just phenomenal.”
To round off a highly successful awards night, the Institute also took out the highly sought after Training Provider of The Year award, which recognised Batchelor Institute for its excellence in delivery of VET education and cemented its place as an industry leader in the Northern Territory.
Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Somerville AM proudly accepted the Training Provider of The Year award, acknowledging the hard work of staff and students.
"Over the last 18 months Batchelor has undergone a significant improvement plan and as the CEO I am fortunate to have such a dedicated staff who have been prepared to come along for the ride,” Mr Somerville said.
"This award tonight is testament that we are heading in the right direction.
"Batchelor Institute is committed to delivering quality training and research that results in real outcomes for our students.
"I am very proud of the achievements of our staff and students that have been recognised this evening.”
Three Batchelor Institute students were also nominated for awards this year.
Patrick McKenzie was nominated as the Vocational Student of The Year.
Rachel Baker and Charles Lechleitner were both nominated for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, with Mr Lechleitner awarded runner-up. The 2016 event marked the 61st anniversary of the awards.
The winners will now go on to represent at the NT at a national level.
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