Proud Munupi woman Iesha Couzens has been announced as a finalist in the 2023 Northern Territory Training Awards.
The 18-year-old has secured a finalist spot in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category. The news came hot on the heels of the 2023 GTNT Group Awards where Iesha was runner-up Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Apprentice/Trainee of the Year.
The Northern Territory Training Awards are the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade’s annual premier event recognising training excellence and achievements by businesses, training organisations, apprentices, trainees, trainers and students across the Territory.
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As a finalist, Iesha will attend an upcoming ambassador weekend which focusses on training and development, with winners announced at a gala dinner in September.
Iesha is currently completing a Certificate III in Business with Charles Darwin University while employed with Kinetic IT. Her traineeship journey started through an interest in engineering, with her work at Kinetic IT giving an overview of ICT operations at the very start of her career.
Iesha said she was thrilled with the news and looked forward to the opportunities the nomination offers.
“It’s an absolute pleasure and honour to be recognised by the NT Training Awards for my hard work through my traineeship. I am still shocked that I got runner up at the GTNT Group Awards!
“I am very thankful I get to have another opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience within the finalist stages. I would like to thank my manager Karina Bourne for always supporting me, and my lecturers at Charles Darwin University, Dion Daniell and Felicity Ledek. They have both been amazing with helping me with my study.
“I look forward to meeting all the other finalists and I am excited to hear their pathways and stories. It’s always very inspiring to me.”
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Iesha said the recognition came as she looked toward her future career.
“I look forward to seeing what my future offers me as I’ve now decided to continue working within Kinetic IT becoming an Industry Participation Coordinator which means I get to inspire more students to do a traineeship like I have done myself.”
Kinetic IT Account Director, Karina Bourne, said the recognition served as a testament to Iesha’s remarkable career and talent so far.
“Iesha is going from strength to strength in her career. She has recently decided to continue her career with Kinetic IT in an Industry Participation role after completing her traineeship and coming runner-up in her category for the GTNT Group Awards.
“Being a finalist in the Northern Territory Training awards and having an opportunity to further her skills as an ambassador is so exciting for her. Congratulations Iesha.”
About the Northern Territory Training Awards
The Northern Territory Training Awards recognise excellence in gaining the highest standards of knowledge and skills in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. There are 12 individual and organisational awards.
Visit the Northern Territory Training Awards website for more information.