WA Training Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector

The outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students were recognised at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner, sponsored by ECA WA, on Friday 13 September 2019 at Crown Perth.

Thirteen category winners were announced with an Inaugural Medium Employer of the Year named in a new category.

The WA Training Awards is one of the largest celebrations of training and vocational education in Western Australia. A key focus of the WA Government is jobs, which requires a strong, industry-driven vocational training sector. The Awards encourages continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in the VET sector which is crucial to building a skilled and work ready workforce in Western Australia.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Anthony Di Cristofaro, WA Apprentice of the Year 2019: Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery; Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE; Employed by Directions Workplace Solutions.
  • Tiffany Heelan, WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2019: Certificate III in Sports and Recreation; School: SEDA - Senior Secondary Education; Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE; Employed by SEDA Group WA.
  • Rebecca Hudson, WA Trainee of the Year 2019: Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations; Trained at Australian Training Management; Employed by South32 Worsley Alumina.
  • Chloe Baigent, WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019: Certificate IV in Youth Work; Trained at South Regional TAFE.
  • Rekeisha Voss, WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019: Certificate III in Government; Trained at Aspire Performance Training; Employed by Department of Training and Workforce Development.
  • Elena Smirnova, WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019: Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study); Trained at South Metropolitan TAFE.
  • Dushica Poposki, WA International Student of the Year 2019: Diploma of Nursing; Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE.
  • Matthew King, WA Trainer of the Year 2019: Trains in Electrotechnology, Employed by Swan Trade Training Centre.
  • Eden Corporation Pty Ltd T/As McDonald's Karratha, WA Medium Employer of the Year 2019
  • Barminco, WA Large Employer of the Year 2019.
  • The Electrical Industry Female Participation Program (EIFPP), WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019.
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services, WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019
  • North Regional TAFE, WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019.

More information is available on the Winners and Finalists page. For comments attributed to Minister Ellery, please view the media statement.

The Awards, now in their 25th year, were also an opportunity to reflect and showcase the amazing journeys and successes that can be achieved through training. As part of the anniversary celebrations, ambassadors and past winners shared their experiences of pursuing their dreams through training and inspiring others to do the same.  

The 2019 WA Training Awards were made possible thanks to its partners: ECA WA, MEGT (Australia) Ltd, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, Crown Perth, Training Accreditation Council, Apprenticeship Support Australia powered by CCI WA, Roy Hill, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services and AV Partners.

Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019. More information is available on the Australian Training Awards website. The Department of Training and Workforce Development congratulates all the winners on their achievements and wishes all winners competing in the National Awards the very best of luck.


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