By CIT Solutions staff

Winning big at the 2021 ACT Training Awards

22 Sep 2021

The winners of the 2021 ACT Training Awards were announced on 9 September by Skills Canberra, with CIT Solutions and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) staff and students taking out 7 of the 13 award categories.

Winner: Norm Fisher Award

Maggie Hall, CIT Solutions’ Senior Advisor for Vocational Education and Training Practice won this award for her outstanding and extensive contribution to VET in the ACT, which is evidence of the decades of service that she has provided to Canberra Institute of Technology, CIT Solutions, and the ACT VET Community.

For over 40 years Maggie has worked tirelessly to provide dedicated service and support to generations of adult learners in both the public and private education and community sectors.

Winner: ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award

Philip Khalu-Reindl, CIT Solutions' Diploma of Government student and participant in the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program took out this award, which recognises the achievement of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student in the VET sector who understands the importance of lifelong learning for themselves and their community. Philip is a full-time employee at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and gives back so much to his community, including sponsoring local schools and hosting events to support young people.

A big congratulations to finalist Donna Vanissum, a CIT Solutions student also nominated for the 'ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award'.

Finalist: ACT VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

CIT Solutions' students have taken out the 'ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award' three years running, and they have all been trained by Robyn Watson, a proud VET trainer and learning facilitator at CIT Solutions. Since 2012, she has trained over 1,100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across programs like the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program. Robyn’s appreciation of diversity coupled with her ability to connect with people are true assets.

See a video of Robyn's thoughts on her award nomination below.

CIT Solutions' general manager, Catherine Ng, said she was extremely proud of this year’s winners and nominees: "I am sincerely appreciative of the dedication and hard work that our staff and students have demonstrated, and I’m thrilled that their commitment has been recognised at this prestigious and highly competitive awards event.”

What are the ACT Training Awards?

This annual event is an opportunity to showcase the commitment, innovation and outstanding achievements of all those involved in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector. The awards recognise and reward the success of individuals and organisations in the ACT across 13 categories. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the event was hosted online this year. Winners may go on to compete for national success at the Australian Training Awards in November.

A big congratulations to all the CIT Solutions and CIT award winners:

  • Norm Fisher Award | Maggie Hall, Senior Advisor Vocational Education and Training, CIT Solutions
  • ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year | Philip Khalu-Reindl, Diploma of Government and IAP Apprentice, CIT Solutions
  • ACT Apprentice of the Year | Morgan Sutton, Cert III in Electrotechnology, CIT
  • ACT Trainee of the Year | Sophie New, Certificate IV in Education Support, CIT
  • ACT Vocational Student of the Year | Banda Ramadan, Cert IV in Cybersecurity, CIT
  • ACT Industry Collaboration | CIT Renewable Energy Industry Collaboration
  • ACT Large Training Provider of the Year | Canberra Institute of Technology


Robyn Watson | Finalist: ACT VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award.

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