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Date:September 10, 2013

Batchelor Institute winner of Northern Territory ‘Training Provider of the Year’ 2013

In recognition of delivering ‘quality training programmes’ embedded with foundation skills and work readiness for Indigenous Australians which leads to employment outcomes in a range of industries in the Northern Territory, and dedication and commitment of the lecturing and support staff, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is the winner of the 2013 Northern Territory ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award at the Northern Territory Training Awards 2013 ceremony held in Darwin on Saturday 7th September.

Batchelor Institute Director Adrian Mitchell said winning the 2013 Northern Territory ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award is a tremendous achievement for the Institute and appropriate recognition of the quality, dedication and commitment of the Institute’s lecturing and support staff.

‘We are very proud of the staff efforts over the last five years and it is absolutely fantastic to receive formal recognition of their many achievements by winning this award. Also this is a tremendous result for the Institute.’

At the awards ceremony, Batchelor Institute also received the ‘Training Initiative Award’ – in collaboration with the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) on the initiative ‘Building the Remote Early Childhood Workforce’. The Institute values its strong relationship with DECS and appreciates the personal interest that DECS provides Indigenous people while training with our organisation.

Congratulations and thanks to the Community Services, Children’s Services and Education Support (Top End) Senior Lecturer Millie Olcay and her Community Services team on winning this award for the Institute.

Sandra Allwright from Katherine, an inspiring Batchelor Institute Indigenous student in the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) has won the ‘Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year’ award. Ms Allwright’s story and commitment to improving health outcomes within her community is totally inspiring and she was an exceptionally deserving winner. ‘Congratulation also to the Primary Health Care (Practice) Senior Lecturer Teresa Raines and all the Health Care team who are understandably very proud of Ms Allwright.’ Mr Mitchell said.

Evelyn Schaber, Batchelor Institute Indigenous Lecturer in VET Business course was also a finalist in the ‘VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year’ award. All finalists were very impressive and any of them would have been a more than worthy winner. Making the final is an outstanding achievement in itself and the Institute is very proud of Ms Schaber.

Batchelor Institute looks forward to continuing its commitment in delivering quality VET programs, and Higher Education programs through both the ACIKE partnership with Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Masters and PhD degrees by research, to grow and expand pathways from training to sustained employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

There are free VET programmes available for Indigenous people to build their future. The Institute VET qualifications provide students with skills, including: literacy and numeracy, work readiness, and computer training. The skills lead to employment outcomes in a range of industries, including:

  • Conservation Land Management
  • Community Services
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages
  • Business


The Institute has a free call line to assist Indigenous people to find out more about the training programs on 1800 677 095. E-mail enquiries can be sent to