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Batchelor Institute Named NT Training Provider Of The Year

IMG_4419Deputy Chief Minister Mrs Nicole Manison joins  Batchelor Institute staff for a photo just after winning Training Provider of The Year


Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has taken out some of the Territory’s most prestigious education awards this year. The NT Training awards recognises the training excellence and achievements in the Vocation Education and Training (VET) sector.

After being nominated in five separate categories, Batchelor Institute won three awards on the night.

Senior Lecturer Liam Fraser won the VET Teacher/Trainer of the year for his excellent work in teaching students across the Northern Territory construction skills.

Batchelor Institute’s highly celebrated Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP), which is run in partnership with the Australian Defence Force, was awarded Industry Collaboration of the Year.

To round off a highly successful night, Batchelor Institute took out the highly sought after Training Provider of The Year award – recognising Batchelor Institute for its excellence in delivery of VET education and 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 past twelve months.

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Senior Lecturer and award-winner Liam Fraser with Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Somerville AM (Left). Batchelor Institute staff and Australian Army representatives with Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Someville AM after winning Industry Collaboration of the Year (Right)


This year’s NT Training Awards highlights the incredible work of Batchelor Institute staff and students, as well as spotlighting the organisation’s ground-breaking and celebrated partnerships.

In particular, these nominations showcase the hard work, perseverance and aspirations of students and staff within Australia’s only publicly funded dual sector education provider that is specifically dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Three Batchelor Institute students were also nominated for awards this year. Mr Patrick McKenzie was nominated as the Vocational Student of The Year. Ms Rachel Baker and Mr 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 NT Training Awards. The winners from the night will now go on to represent the Territory at a national level for the 21st Australian Training Awards.

Saturday night’s result exemplifies the high standards of work coming from the Indigenous education sector and the abilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to compete on a national level.

Batchelor Institute is proud to be recognised as a leader in VET training. Congratulations to all award winners and nominated students and staff, and to all those involved in the successful partnership programs.