Charleeja Viti

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort's First Year Apprentice Chef, Charleeja Viti, was recently awarded the "Inspirational School Based Apprentice/Trainee" award at the 2012 My Pathway Torres Strait Recognition Awards held on Thursday Island.

After a successful launch in 2011, this year's awards saw over 160 people attend the night and featured 11 categories and 44 nominations.

Dedicated first year apprentice chef and rising star, Charleeja, began her role at the Tropical North Queensland resort when she moved from Thursday Island after graduating Year 12 last year.

Resort General Manager, James Murphy, said he was honoured to have such a hardworking and ambitious chef in his team.

"Charleeja has worked hard to achieve this award and the entire resort is so proud to have her as part of our team", said James.

Each year, the "Inspirational School Based Apprentice/Trainee" award is given to an indigenous apprentice or trainee who is committed to achieving their qualification.

Charleeja and Mercure Cairns Harbourside's Executive Chef, Markus Strieby, were flown to Thursday Island courtesy of Gold Sponsor Accor Hotels.

Whilst on the island Markus conducted three Master Classes with year 10, 11 and 12 students at the Torres Strait TAFE campus before catering for the awards night.