Winners and finalists

2017 winners

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017 for their outstanding contribution to training in Western Australia.


WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Jamie Stewart

Trained at Everthought Education Perth
Employed at WA Carpentry Contractors

Jamie is proof it’s never too late to follow your dreams. In his mid-20s, Jamie decided to embark on a new career and applied for a mature age apprenticeship in carpentry. A former restaurant owner,  he now owns his own construction company. Jamie is passionate about well-rounded education and hopes to share his experiences and knowledge with others.


WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017

Benjamin Rowe

Geraldton Grammar School
Trained at Central Regional TAFE
Employed by Claas Harvest Centre

The ability to complete year 12 and get hands-on experience made a school-based traineeship an attractive option for Benjamin. Agricultural mechanics was a natural fit because of his farming background and curiosity for how things work. Benjamin’s confidence, enthusiasm and passion were praised by judges and have been evident throughout his traineeship. Mature beyond his years,  he even negotiated more opportunities and responsibilities at his workplace.


WA Trainee of the Year 2017

Claire McLeary

Trained at Training Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Employed at Corrigin Meatworks

For Claire, studying a Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety) was a way to support an industry she was passionate about. Claire’s workplace can now operate more efficiently, without needing to rely on a travelling meat inspector. Working in a male-dominated field, Claire hopes to inspire other women to enter the industry and to make the most of the great employment opportunities it offers.


WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017

Kyle Morgan

Trained at Central Regional TAFE

A keen environmentalist, Kyle studied a dual Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Laboratory Technology at Central Regional TAFE. He practises what he preaches and lives as sustainably as possible, using rainwater and renewable energies. Kyle even started his own form of recycling around his home, as formal recycling is a recent introduction in Geraldton, and he hopes to be an advocate for sustainability in his community.


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017

Kim Dick

Trained at Trainingworx
Employed by Roy Hill

Kim’s proficiency in mine operations saw Roy Hill, his employer, approach him to move into a training and assessment role so he could impart his knowledge and skills on to others. Kim now believes the value of education and training is more than the practicalities; it has taught him to expect more of himself and realise that opportunities can be boundless if you allow it.


WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

Esfandiar Shahmir

Trained at South Metropolitan TAFE
Employed at Castlereagh School

Esfandiar found a way to incorporate his love of music with his passion for working with children. Iranian born Esfandiar trained as an education assistant and now uses music as a way to interact with his special needs students. He hopes to complete further qualifications to eventually teach music to children.


WA International Student of the Year 2017

Rui Scheidt Feix

Trained at South Metropolitan TAFE

Previously an Oceanographer in Brazil, Rui came to Perth to pursue a new career related to nature and sustainability. Now a qualified landscape designer, he hopes to help the environment through sustainable landscaping and to create a better world for future generations. Rui is passionate about positively impacting community attitudes and behaviours and wants to help nurture nature in children.


WA Trainer of the Year 2017

Jane Goodfellow

North Metropolitan TAFE

Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to do what she loved. Despite this personal setback, Jane continues to lecture in education support and early childhood. Her extensive contributions to the industry include developing an Associate Degree in Education and initiating Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs.



WA Employer of the Year 2017

McDonald's Australia

As one of Australia’s largest employers and trainers, McDonald’s employs more than 100 000 Australians and invests around $5 million in employee training and development in Western Australia. Proud of the opportunities they give their people to grow, they see training as an investment, not a cost. For McDonald’s today’s crew member is tomorrow’s business leader and examples of this are prevalent throughout the organisation.


WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017

MPA Skills

MPA Skills’ collaboration with the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA and Master Painters and Decorators Australia saw pre-apprenticeship groups artistically decorate a community library with colourful murals. Through additional industry collaborations, one of their members became a contributing author to a World Health Organisation and World Plumbing Council publication providing advice on sustainable and health conscious plumbing practices.


WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017

Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice

Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services provide registered vocational, developmental and tertiary training, and appropriate supporting education, in Western Australia’s prisons to a uniquely disadvantaged group of adult learners. Their engaging training programs range from stop motion animation to rehabilitation for black cockatoos and have seen decreased reoffending rates and increased employment retention for prisoners post custody.


WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017

North Regional TAFE

Servicing a region of almost one million square kilometres, North Regional TAFE has 12 campuses from Karratha to Kununurra. Training is customised to local industry and community requirement, aligning training delivery to skill shortage areas and local employment demand. A major contributor to social capital in the region, they employ more than 300 people. With a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population, they pride themselves on providing culturally appropriate training initiatives.


WA Training Awards 2017 finalists

Congratulations to the following finalists in the 2017 WA Training Awards.

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017

  • Shayna Daniels
  • Kirsten Holiner
  • Wynston Shovellor-Sesar

WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

  • Lauren Bruce-Smith
  • Nicholas Johnston
  • Tristan Palmer

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

  • Rachel Orr
  • Lalida Udomsak

WA International Student of the Year 2017

  • Jia-Shian Chen
  • Kumbirai Gono
  • Charlotte Strike

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017

  • Harmony Broughton
  • Lauren Brunalli
  • Harrison Salter-Browne

WA Trainee of the Year 2017

  • Alex Baldock
  • Kristina Mutlow

WA Trainer of the Year 2017

  • Ekta Tandon
  • Robert Taylor
  • Indumathi V

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017

  • Maria Baker
  • Chloe Blight
  • Nardine Burgess

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017

  • Scope Trainng
  • Industrial Training Institute

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017

  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE

WA Employer of the Year 2017

  • JSW Australia
  • Roy Hill

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017

  • National Electrical and Communications Association WA

Honour roll

WA Apprentice of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Brendan Carlson Electrical instrumentation
2015 Jared Stone Electrical
2014 Geoffrey Franklin Hospitality
2013 Emma Stevenson Electrical Engineering
2012 Samuel Goodall Carpentry
2011 Ailin Gay Hospitality
2010 Emerson Lievense Electrical
2009 Blake McCarthy Electrical
2008 Ashlee Scinocco Cabinet Making
2007 Brendan Pratt Hospitality
2006 Gavin Zimmer Automotive
2005 Michael Sonnerman Aerospace
2004 Drew Wheeler Cabinet Making
2003 Stacey Miller Hospitality
2002 Ben Moran Electrical
2001 Kate Cooper Hospitality
2000 Simone Mercer Electrical
1999 Grant Chettleburgh Horticulture
1998 Mark Rintoul Butchery
1997 Deborah Brayley Horticulture
1996 Una Smith Hospitality
1995 Teresa Greer Plumbing
1994 Heidi Hughes Health

WA Trainee of the year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Blake Sayer Maritime
2015 Sandra Van Der Gaag Process Plant Operations
2014 Emma Hay Veterinary Nursing 
2013 Joshua Antunovich Process Plant Operations
2012 Nicola Howe Finance
2011 Abbey Sergeant Community Services
2010 Hayley Easter Agriculture
2009 Adam Selby Resources
2008 Joanna Wren Horticulture
2007 Zoe Howarth Performing Arts
2006 Gemma Backshall Business
2005 Richard Stocker Resources
2004 Samantha Johnson Business
2003 Colbi Perreira Finance
2002 Nicole Goode Hospitality
2001 Marissa Eastough Retail
2000 Sharon Williams Land Management
1999 Katherine Bodey Hospitality
1998 Paul Edwards Retail
1997 Chelsea Collins Business
1996 Mark O’Malley Engineering
1995 Bradley Hulm Transport and Logistics
1994 Fiona Coda Travel and Tourism

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Naomi Beath Resources
2015 Kahli King Elliot Public Administration
2014 Regina Richardson Community Services
2013 Ryan D’Souza Construction
2012 Nathan McGuire Interior Design
2011 Calvin Buckle Electrical
2010 Eugene Winmar Travel and Tourism
2009 Salathiel McKay Electrical
2008 James Palmer Education
2007 Charlie Colbung Visual Arts
2006 Nadine Johnston Business
2005 Mitchell Sellen Travel and Tourism
2004 Merridoo Walbidi Education
2003 Roberta Tacey Business
2002 Hamid Bin Saad Aquaculture
2001 Cherie Wood Education
2000 Loretta McNamara Education
1999 Alison Gear Resources
1998 June Djiagween Elliot Engineering
1997 Leonard Ashburton Business
1996 Michelle Simms Health
1995 Jenna George Business
1994 Natalie Mippy Business

WA International Student of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Natalie Robinson Health

WA Trainer of the Year

Year Winner
2016 Tegan Mossop
2015 Danni Grundy
2014 Kathryn Schache
2013 Jacky Cheng
2012 Guy Truss
2011 Amanda Smith
2010 Charles Dornan
2009 Bel Skinner
2008 Elizabeth Haythornthwaite
2007 Paul Tennant
2006 Dr Michael Cheah
2005 Sarah Hardie
2004 Margaret Rhodes
2003 Maria Amesz
2002 Lynne Butler
2001 Sharleen Jordan

WA School Pathways to VET (formerly VET in Schools Excellence)

Year Winner
2015 Newton Moore Education Support Centre
2014 Busselton Senior High School
2013 Hampton Senior High School
2012 MPA Skills and John Forrest Secondary College
2011 WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin
2010 Kimberley TAFE
2009 WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin
2008 Central West TAFE with Clontarf Midwest Football Academy and Geraldton SHS
2007 Tom Price Senior High School
2006 WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
2005 Tom Price Senior High School
2004 North Lake Senior Campus
2003 Warnbro Community High School Education Support Centre
2002 Hamilton Senior High School
2001 Belmont City College
2000 Excellence in Education Compact
1999 Excellence in Education Compact

WA Small Training Provider of the Year

Year Winner
2016 Scope Training
2015 Scope Training
2014 Marr Mooditj Training
2013 Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing
2012 LabTech Training
2011 Nara Training and Assessing
2010 College of Electrical Training
2009 Jobs South West Community Services
2008 Australian College of Training
2007 Nara Training and Assessing
2006 Marr Mooditj Foundation
2005 Hospitality Group Training
2004 XLT Industrial Training
2003 Marr Mooditj Foundation
2002 Dental Nursing Australia
2001 West Pilbara College of TAFE
2000 PPTC Skills

WA International Training Provider of the Year

Year Winner
2015 DNA Kingston Training
2014 Central Institute of Technology
2013 Central Institute of Technology
2012 Australian College of Applied Education
2011 Central Institute of Technology
2010 Central Institute of Technology

WA Medium Employer of the Year

Year Winner
2007 Western Geotechnics
2006 WA Freightlines Group of Companies
2005 Therapy Focus
2004 Perth Zoo
2003 Australian Portfolio Administrators
2002 Not awarded
2001 Doric Group
2000 Market Equity
1999 Arrix Integrated
1998 The Purslowe Group of Funeral Companies
1997 Arrix Services
1996 Dalwallinu Health Services
1995 Arrix Cleaning Services
1995 Australian Broadcasting Commission
1994 Dalwallinu District Hospital

State Training Board Medal

Year Winner
2005 Wooden Boat Works
2004 Mr Donald Boyle

WA VET in Schools Student Awards

Year Winner
WA VET in Schools School Based Trainee of the Year
Megan Labruyere, Geraldton Grammar School
Mac Prosk, St Joseph’s College, Albany
WA VET in Schools Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Ellie Penny, Belmont City College
Kendall Roe, Carnarvon Senior High School
WA VET in Schools Education Support Student of the Year
Theresa Williams, Cannington Community Education Support Centre
Joshua Yates, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar
WA VET in Schools Student of the Year
Jessica Ogden, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
Christopher Giles, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Liam Brien Retail
2015 Thalia Wilkinson Electrical
2014 Taylor Wood Hospitality
2013 Henry Kemp Electrical
2012 Timothy Gossage Engineering
2011 Benjamin King Automotive
2010 Hudson O’Dwyer-Flynn Electrical
2009 Daniel Lowe Hospitality

WA Vocational Student of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2016 Louise Brookes Hospitality
2015 Katherine Haag Community Services
2014 Genaro Auriemma Construction
2013 Natasha Farr Laboratory Technology
2012 Stephen Moore Performing Arts
2011 Jonté Pike Fashion Design
2010 Denese Smythe Community Services
2009 Jon Arlow Aquaculture
2008 Debra Franks Community Services
2007 Lisa Horn Jewellery Making
2006 Johanna Swoboda Aquaculture
2005 Virginia Gay Performing Arts
2004 Latasha Santostefano Hospitality
2003 Anthony Pagan Aquaculture
2002 Leanne Edwards Travel and Tourism
2001 Justine Davis Fashion Design
2000 Kylie Hooker Health
1999 Peta Crane Community Services
1998 Alana Farrel Travel and Tourism
1997 Craig Shearer Hospitality
1996 Dionne Blake Hospitality
1995 Shelley Boyd Children’s Services

WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award

Year Winner Industry
2016 Jasmin Porter Children's Services
2015 Maureen Guiloy Business
2014 Navjot Randhawa Telecommunications
2013 Marjan Ghadirian Mechanical Engineering
2012 Maria Lima Villahermosa Community Services
2011 Eduardo Pena Transport and Logistics

WA Employer of the Year

Year Winner
2016 Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd
2015 Crown Perth
2014 Main Roads WA
2013 McDonald’s Australia
2012 Main Roads WA
2011 City of Cockburn
2010 Chevron Australia
2009 Hollywood Private Hospital
2008 Western Australian Police
2007 Worsley Alumina
2006 John Holland
2005 City of Albany
2004 Co-operative Bulk Handling
2003 Disability Services Commission–Learning Development Branch
2002 Fremantle Hospital and Health Care
2001 Alcoa World Alumina Australia (WA Operations)
2000 Brightwater Care Group and E G Green and Sons
1999 St John of God Health Care, Subiaco
1998 Austal Ships
1997 Department of Land Administration
1996 BHP Iron Ore Pty
1995 BHP Iron Ore, Port Hedland
1994 Sheraton Perth Hotel

WA Industry Collaboration Award

Year Winner
2016 Kwinana Industries Council Education Development Program

WA Training Initiative (formerly WA Access and Equity Award)

Year Winner
2015 Central Institute of Technology – Jump Start Training Program
2014 Fairbridge Western Australia
2013 Durack Institute of Technology
2012 JSW Training and Community Services
2011 Central Institute of Technology and the David Wirrpanda Foundation
2010 Rio Tinto Iron Ore
2009 Department of Corrective Services
2008 Macmahon Contractors
2007 SMYL Community Services
2006 C.Y. O’Connor College of TAFE and West Australian Country Health Service, Wheatbelt
2005 Central West TAFE
2004 Department of Justice
2003 Abmusic Aboriginal and Islander Music College
2002 Cheeditha Community Training Program and West Pilbara College of TAFE
2001 Kimberley College of TAFE
2000 Association for the Blind of WA and Central West College of TAFE
1999 C.Y. O’Connor College of TAFE
1998 Keightley Consultancies
1997 South Metropolitan College – Disability Services and Hospitality
1996 Industry Reference Group – Childcare Assessment and Bridging Project and Learning Centre Link
1995 WA Arts, Sports and Recreation Industrial Training Council Incorporated

WA Large Training Provider of the Year

Year Winner
2016 South Metropolitan TAFE
2015 Durack Institute of Technology
2014 NECA College of Electrical Training
2013 Kimberley Training Institute
2012 Challenger Institute of Technology
2011 Polytechnic West
2010 Durack Institute of Technology
2009 Central TAFE
2008 Great Southern TAFE
2007 West Coast TAFE
2006 Swan TAFE
2005 Challenger TAFE
2004 Challenger TAFE
2003 Central West College of TAFE
2002 Central West College of TAFE
2001 South East Metropolitan College of TAFE
2000 South East Metropolitan College of TAFE
1999 South East Metropolitan College of TAFE
1998 West Coast College of TAFE
1997 North Metropolitan College of TAFE
1996 South East Metropolitan College of TAFE
1996 The Lady Gowrie Centre

WA Small Business of the Year

Year Winner
2013 Barber Drilling
2012 Ceiling Solutions
2011 Subicare Child Care Centre
2010 Verriers Engineering Services
2009 Not awarded
2008 Verriers Engineering Services
2007 Not awarded
2006 Not awarded
2005 Geraldton Resource Centre
2004 Leeder Cleaning Services
2003 Goolarri Media Enterprises
2002 Bunbury Florist
2001 Satterthwaite Consulting
2000 Warnbro Fair News and Books
1999 Shamrock Hotel
1998 Shamrock Hotel
1997 Mareena Purslowe and Associates
1996 Melville Panel and Paint
1995 Southside Personnel Services
1994 2 Dance Plus
1993 Pierrots Hair Salon

State Training Board Award for an Employer of Apprentices or Trainees

Year Winner
2007 Fletcher International WA
2006 Western Geotechnics Group

WA Innovative Product of the Year

Year Winner
1995 Taylor Weir School of Hairdressing

WA Resource Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Year Winner
2007 Melissa Roguski, Bunbury Business College
2006 Damien Challis, Pilbara TAFE/Apprenticeships WA
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