Applications for the 2018 WA Training Awards are now open!

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the 2018 WA Training Awards on 14 February, while visiting the facilities at North Metropolitan TAFE's Pavilion Restaurant.

The WA Training Awards are an opportunity for the Western Australian training sector to showcase excellence, inspire future talent and reward best practice. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution of trainers, training organisations and employers.

"The WA Training Awards shine a light on professions that are vital to our State's prosperous future, and the success stories of those within them." Ms Ellery said at the launch. "Training can be the key to creating a better future – getting a better job, securing better pay. Training can change lives. As jobs change and diversify, it is important to showcase the success stories of vocational pathways across a range of sectors and recognise the hard work of those in the industry. I encourage those in the training sector to apply and put your industry in the spotlight."

As one of the biggest employing industries in WA, it is anticipated the awards will feature many entrants from the hospitality sector which employs some 97,000 Western Australians and continues to grow. The Pavilion Restaurant is a training facility functioning as a fine dining restaurant to provide real life training experiences for hospitality students from North Metropolitan TAFE. Pavilion-trained chefs have secured coveted positions at some of the world's most renowned restaurants including Eleven Madison Park in New York City and the Fat Duck in London.

North Metropolitan TAFE has also had a long and successful history with the WA Training Awards. Trainer of the Year Jane Goodfellow is a trainer at the college, and last year it had eight finalists in individual categories, as well as being a finalist in the Large Training Provider of the Year category.

Applications close on Friday May 4, 2018.

The media statement from the Minister was published here, 14 February 2018
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Main picture: WA and Australian Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, and Jamie Stewart, WA Apprentice of the Year 2017, at the launch event at North Metropolitan TAFE's Pavilion Restaurant.

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