This year the Northern Territory training awards ceremony was held in Darwin on Saturday 18 September. In its 66th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of Territorians in the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector and recognise the outstanding contributions made by local trainees, apprentices, employers and training providers.

Jahdai Vigona, a native of the Tiwi Islands, made history this year after picking up Trainee of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year at the GTNT Awards.

Jahdai Vigona at Northern Territory Awards held in Darwin (Source) CDU

Mr. Vigona is currently working at the Menzies School of Health Research as a project assistant with the Freemason’s Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing. Mr. Vigona has completed a Certificate III in Community Services and is currently finishing a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Mr Vigona said he’s passionate about improving better health outcomes for First Nations People and being able to contribute to positive change.

Jahdai Vigona (Source) CDU

“I just hope my story and my training pathway inspires a lot of young Indigenous males to think about their opportunities…working in the health space and giving back to your community, ” Mr. Vigona said.

Listen to the full interview with Mr. Vigona below: