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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 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.

WA Training Awards 2019 finalists announced!

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the finalists in the 2019 WA Training Awards.

In 2019, the Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations and training providers as well as individual talent setting the benchmark for our future workforce.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the finalists in the 2019 WA Training Awards.

In 2019, the Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations and training providers as well as individual talent setting the benchmark for our future workforce.

“A key focus of this Government is jobs, which requires a strong, industry-driven vocational training sector. The WA Training 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,” said Minister Ellery.  

Across 13 categories, 43 finalists have shown excellence in their fields, including two employers for this year’s inaugural Medium Employer of the Year award.  

In announcing the finalists, Minister Ellery said “Finalists are contributing positively to Western Australia’s future and these awards are a springboard for many finalists to continue to raise the profile of their chosen careers and build on their achievements”.

The Awards highlight the opportunities available for Western Australians to transform their careers and change their future. Many of the individual finalists this year have been inspired to change career paths and pursue their dreams through training. From construction to community services and from beauty therapy to ICT, these stories demonstrate the unique ability of the training system to inspire individuals to transform their futures and obtain skills required for future job needs.

The organisational finalists this year demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. For the first time in the WA Awards, the contributions of Medium employers were recognised as a separate category.

“The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to really shine a light on, celebrate and honour the achievements of the many outstanding performers in the VET sector,” said Minister Ellery.

A full list of finalists is available on the Winners and Finalists page. 

The 2019 WA Training Awards winners will be announced at the Presentation Dinner, sponsored by Electrical and Communications Association (ECA) of Western Australia Inc (ECA WA) in September 2019. Winners will be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Brisbane later this year where the national category is available. This year’s Presentation dinner will be held on 13 September 2019 at Crown Perth. Ticket sales are now open. For more information please visit the About the Awards page

The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners: ECA WA; CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia; Crown Perth; The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation; MEGT; Roy Hill; AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services and AV Partners.

ECA WA pledges support for WA Training Awards

Sponsor of the presentation dinner for the Awards' 25th year celebrations.

The Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia (ECA WA) hs been involved in the WA Training Awards for almost ten years. This year, the organisation has pledged its support for the program as the major presentation dinner sponsor in the Awards' 25th year.

In 2010, ECA WA won its first WA Training Award as the WA Small Training Provider of the Year. Just four years on, the organisation had expanded so significantly it took out the title of WA Large Training Provider of the year in 2014. Since then, ECA WA has been a big part of the WA Training Awards, has has been recognised each year as a finalist for their exceptional initiatives that continue to benefit industry and students alike. "ECA WA is committed to quality training, investing in the student experience from pre-apprentice through to apprentice and our post-trade students. Our RTO, the College of Electrical Training, works with industry stakeholders to ensure that training is current, flexible and agile to meet the ever changing needs in the electrotechnology sector." said Carl Copeland, Chief Executive Officer of ECA WA.

With a focus on high quality training and work outcomes for its students, and a highly skilled workforce for the electrotechnology industry, ECA WA has also supported the WA Training Awards as a sponsor of the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year since 2016. In 2019, the WA Training Awards celebrates its silver anniversary, and ECA WA were the first to put their hands up and support the program and the major event sponsor for 2019. "ECA WA has enjoyed a long association with the WA Training Awards, and it was a natural fit for us to show our commitment to the training industry by sponsoring the Awards this year." said Mr Copeland.

This year also marks a new focus for ECA WA, which is committed to continuous improvement to strive for excellence in the training delivered and the outcomes provided. "ECA WA is working with industry to promote greater participation by females in the electrotechnology sector. Attracting females of all ages into the trade is a priority, to ensure that we can meet the needs of the sector. As Industry 4.0 and 'the internet of things' flows through, removing barriers to employment, and encouraging diversity in industry, will allow our workforce to grow and adapt to these needs."

We would like to thank ECA WA for their generous support of the WA Training Awards this year.

Visit the ECA WA website 

WA VET Ambassadors shine a light on STEM and apprenticeships

Spreading the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways.

Two WA Training Awards winners are helping to spread the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways at up and coming WA careers expos.

Megan Feaver, who won the coveted Apprentice of the Year Award in 2018, and Caitlan Noble who won the 2018 WA Trainee of the Year Award, will appear as VET Ambassadors at VET and careers events this year. They will be at the Careers Expo today, and at the Skills West Expo in August. ​

 

Megan left a corporate career to follow her interest in maths and electronics and trained as an electrician with South Metropolitan TAFE.

She has not looked back since successfully applying for an apprenticeship with Western Power.

Her mission is to encourage other women to enter trades that have been previously thought of as male-only careers.

 

Megan Feaver.

Caitlan, whose passion for the health industry has seen her engage with Telethon as a volunteer for many years, has found her dream career at King Edward Memorial Hospital after qualifying with a Diploma in Anaesthetic Technology.

After winning the WA title, she went on to win the Australian Training Award in her category. ​ ​

Caitlan Noble.

Both Megan and Caitlan will be helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-related apprentices by inspiring visitors to the Jobs and Skills WA booth at each of the expos.

WA Training Awards 2019 applications now closed

Names will soon be up in lights!

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2019 are now closed. Thank you to all applicants, and congratulations on putting your name up in lights this year!

The WA Training Awards team are currently reviewing applications and conducting quality assurance checks to ensure the required information has been supplied and is correct, before applications are sent on to the judging panels.

If you have submitted an application, we will be in touch during the week of 6 May to confirm any details we need, or to advise that you application has been progressed to judging. For details of key dates for this year's awards, please visit the About the Awards section of our website. And remember you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube to stay up to date with all the latest on this year's awards. 

Best of luck to all applicants for this year's competition. Our judging panels look forward to reading your applications.

Applications closing soon!

Time to add those finishing touches before 3 May!

Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close in less than three weeks on Friday 3 May 2019.

It’s time to put the finishing touches to your application. Make sure you’ve included hard-hitting examples demonstrating how you meet the selection criteria, collate your required attachments and press the submit button on your application.

Need a little assistance?

Visit the Tools section on our website.

Here you’ll find example applications for the student categories, evidence guides for all categories and a handy checklist to ensure you’ve included everything in your application. You can also watch the recordings from our recent webinars to hear from previous winners and WA Training Awards judges to get their insider tips on how to write an award-winning application.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about your application, eligibility, the Awards process or using the application portal email us at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au or give us a call on 6551 5608. Alternatively, you can check out the FAQs section on our website where you might find the answer you’re looking for.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognised for all you’ve achieved this year! If you’ve been working hard to kick your career goals or your organisation has been hard at work creating a quality training culture – get your application in for the WA Training Awards 2019!

Applications now open! WA Training Awards 2019

Celebrating 25 years of showcasing our best in VET

The 25th annual Western Australian Training Awards were launched today at the award-winning Bentley Pines Training Centre at South Metropolitan TAFE.

The WA Training Awards are an opportunity for the Western Australian training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put our State’s best VET achievers in the spotlight. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution of trainers, training organisations and employers. This year will see the introduction of separate categories for Large Employer of the Year and Medium Employer of the Year, to better recognise the contribution employers of all sizes make to the training sector.

Award winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 13 September with winners of individual categories receiving $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year. In 2018 the State recorded its best ever results at the national awards with six of the 18 national titles, putting WA at the top of the leader board for 2018.

We would encourage all eligible employers, training providers, trainers and students to apply for the Awards – showcase your dedication to training and put your name up in lights in 2019! 

WA scoops the pool at the Australian Training Awards!

Recognising the State's best in vocational education and training.

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector for one of our best ever showings at Australia’s leading industry awards last night. Six of WA’s 11 award nominees picked up accolades at the Australian Training Awards, with both individual and organisational winners from the State’s VET system being recognised for their success. 

Three outstanding female VET students secured titles in the individual categories for their performance as strong ambassadors for vocational education pathways. Yarawu and Bunuba woman and Broome mother, Soleil White, was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for her work to close the gap within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare industry. The healthcare worker credited her training with giving her the confidence to make a difference and progress to further studies. She completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.

Inspirational examples of high calibre VET programs delivered to secondary students were also recognised at the awards, with Canning Vale College teacher Crystle Challinger securing the title of VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year – the second year in a row that a WA nominee has won this prestigious award. Regional WA was well represented, with Busselton Senior High School winning the School Pathways to VET award and Central Regional TAFE taking home the Industry Collaboration Award for its innovative biodiversity collaboration project. These achievements follow Western Australia’s success at the the 2018 WorldSkills Championships earlier this year, where the WA secured the prestigious VETiS Shield as the country’s best-performing State.

“Last night’s incredible achievement further demonstrates that our State’s VET sector is first-class and shines a spotlight on our success in this space." the Minister said. “Western Australians looking to upskill, retrain or enter the workforce can do it with the confidence that they’ll learn from some of the nation’s best trainers, with some of the country’s most innovative training providers. I’m sure these inspiring winners will motivate others to take advantage of the excellent training opportunities available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." 

WA's Australian Training Award winners 2018

School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018
Caitlin Whittle, Lower Chittering, Tubal Workplace Training

Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment. She credits the experience with increasing her confidence and dedication, and has seen her grades improve as a result.

Caitlin has transferred her new skills, assisting with numerous school events. She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School’s hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website.    

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Vocational Student of the Year 2018
Caitlan Noble, Mount Lawley, North Metropolitan TAFE

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlin did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role.

Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon, she enjoys seeing how children benefit from fundraising.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018
Soleil White, Bilingurr, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.  Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations.

Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

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Trainer of the Year 2018
Crystle Challinger, Bayswater, Canning Vale College

The Canning Vale College teacher champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. Crystle taught other teachers about using virtual and augmented reality programs to engage students creatively and use digital evidence collection for presentations.

As an Aboriginal Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student. 

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Industry Collaboration Award 2018
Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

Central Regional TAFE, in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders, is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Mid West. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.

Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

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School Pathways to VET Award 2018
Busselton Senior High School

As an RTO school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement one day a week. The model provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance, and offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the State to meet compliance and deliver high quality programs to students, with employment for further training outcomes.

VET offerings have increased in recent years to reflect the needs of industry and provide engaging programs. In 2018, 75 per cent of senior school students were enrolled in a VET qualification. A flexible timetable model with strong industry links is central to the success of the programs, as is delivery by suitably qualified and dedicated staff. In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent attainment rate. This is indicative of the high levels of support provided to students and the engaging nature of the programs.

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Congratulations to our 2018 WA Training Awards winners!

Outstanding individuals and organisations in the spotlight

Twelve individual and organisational winners have been recognised as outstanding apprentices, trainees, students at Friday night's WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner. The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers in the training sector.

Women in vocational education and training (VET) were in the spotlight, winning seven of the eight individual categories. Bassendean electrician Megan Feaver, who decided to take the leap into the male-dominated trade later in life, was named WA Apprentice of the Year 2018 at the event. The South Metropolitan TAFE graduate has excelled since making the career change, securing a coveted Western Power apprenticeship and winning Western Power's Apprentice of the Year. Already actively involved with the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries network, Megan aspires to lead and encourage women into non-traditional trades. And Megan was in good company – while women made up less than half of publicly funded enrolments in the VET sector in 2017, more than 70 per cent of the pool of WA Training Awards 2018 finalists were female.

Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on November 15, 2018.Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery,  attending the presentation dinner, said "This year's WA Training Awards have shone a light on women excelling in STEM and non-traditional trades while making the most of the opportunities offered by WA's VET sector. The training system provides opportunities for people to change their lives - to take up their dream career, get a better pay packet and improve their skills. The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills. I congratulate all winners and finalists on their achievement – they are inspiring others to take advantage of WA's high-quality training sector, helping ensure WA has the skilled workforce it needs to fill the jobs of the future."

A full list of winners with their profiles, and photographs from the night, will soon be available on the WA Training Awards website.

WA Training Awards 2018 winners

The WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA
Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training

WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia
Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth
Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

WA International Student of the Year 2018
Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018
William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College

WA Employer of the Year 2018, sponsored CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Roy Hill, Perth Airport

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018
Central Regional TAFE - Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018
Mental Health Commission - Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, Perth

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018
North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Training Awards 25th Anniversary Design Competition

Calling all budding graphic designers! 

Aspiring graphic designers will be given the opportunity to create the branding for the 2019 WA Training Awards to commemorate a special anniversary for the award program.

Western Australia’s premier vocational education and training (VET) awards program enters its 25th year in 2019 and is running the competition as part of anniversary celebrations. Current WA graphic design students studying accredited courses are eligible to enter the competition. The competition winner will receive a $500 cash prize, two tickets to the 2019 presentation dinner, at which they will be invited to speak about their design, and will be featured in various promotions. Entries will be assessed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s communications and marketing area.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the program had a long history of giving apprentices, trainees and vocational students industry experience and the opportunity to make professional contacts. “The WA Training Awards have always incorporated rising talent into the award program from creating the floral centrepieces to doing the hair and makeup for the award’s night MC,” Ms Driscoll said. “We practice what we preach and give students a chance to showcase their talents to industry representatives and add a high-calibre professional development experience to their resumes. The WA Training Awards have been putting WA’s top VET achievers in the spotlight for 25 years and to mark this milestone we want to put WA graphic design on show with a chance to create the commemorative design for the anniversary. The talent of the VET sector always impresses me so I’ll be excited to see what our creative graphic design students present.”

Entries close 1 October 2018 and winners will be announced 1 November 2018.

WA Training Awards 2018 finalists announced!

29 top apprentices, trainees, students and trainers are in the spotlight.

The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Sue Ellery. 

The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers. The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

Caitlan Noble, a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018 category, completed a Bachelor of Commerce but discovered her passion for the health industry while completing an internship with Telethon. She diverted from a potential career in marketing to complete a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE, and is now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The individual finalists will join the recently announced organisational finalists at the awards presentation in September.  Winners may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Announcing the finalists, Minister Ellery said "Our training system provides Western Australians with a chance to change their future. It allows employers to upskill existing employees to address skills gaps as the State's economy grows and diversifies. The WA Training Awards shine a spotlight on the benefits of VET and inspire others to take advantage of the high-quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." 

The WA Training Awards 2018 winners will be announced at the presentation dinner in September. 

Congratulations to the following finalists for the WA Training Awards 2018.

WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

  • Diego Correa Mendonca, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Isabelle Croswell, Central Regional TAFE
  • Emily Davis, Power Training Services WA

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Apprentice of the Year Finalists 2018

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA

  • Danny Hennessey-O'Shea, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rachel Knuckey, Illuminate Group  
  • Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
  • Jazmin Hahn, Central Regional TAFE

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WA School-based Apprentice of the Year Finalists 2018

WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia

  • Rebecca Thompson, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Elizabeth Gaffney, JSW Training and Community Services
  • Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
  • Hayden Schilling, South Metropolitan TAFE

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WA Trainee of the Year Finalists 2018

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth

  • Jess Haydon, Australian Training Management Pty Ltd
  • Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Claire Garcia-Webb, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Caris Jones, North Metropolitan TAFE

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WA Vocational Student of the Year Finalists 2018

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018,
sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

  • Courtney Garlett, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
  • Tarra Ninyette, Illuminate Group
  • Jannika Jacky, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE
WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Finalists 2018

WA International Student of the Year 2018

  • Wang Na Cheung, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Roberto Rangel, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Sonam Wangchuk, North Metropolitan TAFE

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WA International Student of the Year Finalists 2018

WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

  • Kate Moore, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Richard Rose, North Regional TAFE
  • Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
  • Taryn Sharp, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Trainer of the Year Finalists 2018

Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

Finalists showcase the importance of training to Western Australia

Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2018 announced!

A project that gives students real world experience while helping to protect WA's Abrolhos Islands is just one of the success stories in the spotlight at this year's WA Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE is leading the Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration project to manage invasive aquatic species and restore key ecosystems on Australia's Coral Coast. The project is a finalist in the WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 category.

This year's organisational finalists demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. Award winners will be announced in September. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners the State Training Board, Crown Perth, CCI WA Apprenticeship Support Australia, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, McDonald's Australia, MEGT, NECA WA, Training Accreditation Council, AV Partners, Roy Hill, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, Picton Press and Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Creating training opportunities for Western Australians is key to ensuring we are well placed as the State's economy grows and diversifies. The WA Training Awards encourage continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in a sector that is critical to building the State's capacity. Highlighting the achievements of those in the training industry, and investing in training, will encourage others to also be involved. Our finalists have continued to invest in training and it is fitting that we recognise their commitment."

Finalists – WA Employer of the Year 2018

Gino's Panel and Paint, South Fremantle

Gino's Panel and Paint has been operating in the Fremantle business community for 45 years as a highly trained team of technicians providing quality vehicle repair. A long-term host employer for the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the company provides on the job training for 11 apprentices. The company's training plan is an integral part of their business, including training for apprentices, technicians, customer service roles and supervisory positions.

Mandurah Taxis, Mandurah

Mandurah Taxis has been providing on demand transport for the Peel Region since 1959. With a strong focus on supporting their local community, Mandurah Taxis are an equal opportunity employer offering mechanical and administrative apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience opportunities for local secondary school students, and employment and support for many new migrants. The business also works with job providers to assist people with injuries, disabilities or disadvantaged students get back into the workforce.  

Roy Hill, Perth Airport

Roy Hill is an integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara region. The business relies on an efficient, flexible, cost-effective and well trained workforce to meet business needs. In the past 12 months over 150 traineeships and apprenticeships were commenced at Roy Hill. The organisation is driven to give back to the community by offering genuine training and employment opportunities to Western Australians with limited or no mining experience, while upskilling existing employees. 

Finalists – WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 

Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Midwest. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.
Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

NECA College of Electrical Training's WA Schools Collaborative Training Pathway, Balcatt

NECA College of Electrical Training has partnered with some 31 schools, industry bodies and employers in WA to deliver effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in the electrical industry. The program provides young people with an improved career path from school into a formal qualification and later into employment as tradespeople, with employers benefitting from access to pre-screened applicants for apprentice recruitment.

The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) in collaboration with Programmed Training Services, Quadrant Energy and Shell Vermillion, Welshpool

NETTS brings together the leading players in the oil and gas sector with peak training bodies in a proactive solution to a skills shortage in the sector. Through best practice research, shared training practices the program is growing and developing well-rounded and qualified technicians, who are competent in all technical aspects and instilled with a safety culture and life skills that align with their host company's values.

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018

Mental Health Commission – Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs (Perth)

The Mental Health Commission's Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since its commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.

Stanley College, Northbridge

Three campuses across Perth engaging with local and international students Stanley College provides qualifications in Business, Health, Early Childhood Education, English Language, and Hospitality to around 2,000 students from 42 countries. Stanley College has cultivated a culture of ongoing collaboration, networking and experimentation to implement the most effective training and assessments to its students. Stanley College is a hands-on, practical institution preparing students to meet modern workplace demands.

Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing, Northbridge

This year Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing celebrates 21 years of training. Taylorweir is committed to its continued development as a quality training organisation which focuses on innovative and flexible training in the hairdressing industry. Open and conducive relationships with employers, industry bodies and suppliers encourage industry engagement and positive opportunities for students. Their vision is to provide the essential skills that build a solid foundation on which to grow a rewarding and prosperous career.

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018

Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton

Central Regional TAFE operates across nine campuses from Exmouth to Northam and enrolled more than 8,500 students last year. Central Regional TAFE is a leader in industries such as maritime, agriculture, land management, community services, local government, mining and nursing. It continues to place students, industry partners and strong links with community and Aboriginal people, at the forefront of its activities. 

North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup

North Metropolitan TAFE leverages its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. Delivering 40 per cent of WA's publicly funded Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and taking an active role in skills development for the implementation of Metronet is all part of this TAFE's planning for a skilled workforce. 

South Metropolitan TAFE, Murdoch

South Metropolitan TAFE provides world-class training to around 25,000 students from Bentley to Mandurah. The college plays an important role in the state's economic development delivering training to around 40 per cent of Western Australia's apprentices as well as training around 2000 international students each year. The college continues to be responsive to industry needs from delivering a new cyber security qualification to working with Rio Tinto to develop Australia's first automation qualifications.

Applications for the 2018 WA Training Awards are now open!

Put yourself in the spotlight!

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
For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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.

Sponsor the WA Training Awards from as little as $2,500!

Put your organisation in the spotlight

Want to highlight your organisation’s commitment to quality, high level training? Become a WA Training Awards sponsor! 

Through supporting the Awards, your organisation will be associated with a sector committed to building the WA workforce and providing positive career pathways. Your organisation has the opportunity to give back and engage with the community, rewarding those who are setting the benchmark for quality training outcomes in WA. 

Editorial exposure in 2017 equated to more than $52,000 in advertising value with stories reaching over 1.3 million people. With a distribution network of over 10,000 individuals, businesses and training organisations, your organisation will be promoted right around the State.

With five sponsorship streams to choose from, you can put your organisation in the spotlight from as little as $2,500.

Visit the Sponsors page to download the WA Training Awards 2018 sponsorship prospectus, or contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5608 for more information.

WA is home to Australia's best trainer!

A passion for training inspires excellence.

North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

Jane was named Western Australia's Trainer of the Year 2017 at the WA Training Awards in September, where judges commended Jane’s ability to make a positive difference in student’s lives including using innovative training methods to match the context of situation or environment. Judges were impressed with her dedication to continuous improvement and contributions to the industry and selected her to vie for the national title.

Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood.

Jane said it felt amazing to add Australian Trainer of the Year to her credentials after twenty plus years of teaching. “I am delighted and I think it's going to have a big impact on my career. Already I've been asked to consult at a national level so I'm really excited to see what other opportunities come my way,” she said. While awards were nice, Jane said teaching itself was the greatest reward. “Seeing students achieve their dreams and goals, especially students who have struggled and overcome adversity, is the best part of my job.”

Jane thanked all the staff at North Metropolitan TAFE for always supporting her including Michelle Hoad, Robyn O'Neill and husband and fellow lecturer Steve Goodfellow.

Picutred: Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, with her award.

WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017. Winners were announced at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night, where they received awards for innovation, commitment and leadership within the vocational education and training sector.

All winners and finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017 should be extremely proud of their achievements.

Organisation winners

  • WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    McDonald's Australia
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
    MPA Skills
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
    Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
    North Regional TAFE

Individual winners

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2017
    Jamie Stewart
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2017
    Claire McLeary
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA
    Benjamin Rowe
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth
    Kyle Morgan
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
    Kim Dick
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017
    Esfandiar Shahmir
  • WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
    Rui Scheidt Feix
  • WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
    Jane Goodfellow

You can find out more about this year's WA Training Awards winners and finalists here.

WA Training Awards 2017 individual finalists announced

Congratulations to WA's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers.

​After receiving more than 130 applications, 30 individuals and 11 businesses have been announced as this year’s finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017. 

Proving talent really does shine across the whole state, the finalists include a ranger from Broome, an automotive trainee from Geraldton and a cabinet maker from Roelands.

The winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September.

This year's individual finalists are:

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017

Shayna Daniels – Clarkson
Kim Dick – Ravenswood
Kirsten Holiner – Tuart Hill
Wynston Shovellor-Sesar – Broome

WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Lauren Bruce-Smith – Banksia Grove
Nicholas Johnston – Roelands
Tristan Palmer – Swan View
Jamie Stewart – Canning Vale

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

Rachel Orr – Carine
Esfandiar Shahmir – O'Connor
Lalida Udomsak – York

WA International Student of the Year 2017

Jia-Shian Chen –  Bedfordale
Kumbirai Gono –  Bennett Springs
Rui Scheidt Feix – Coogee
Charlotte Strike – Lockridge

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017

Harmony Broughton – Halls Head
Lauren Brunalli –  Maida Vale
Benjamin Rowe – Georgina (Geraldton)
Harrison Salter-Browne – Girrawheen

WA Trainee of the Year 2017

Alex Baldock – North Coogee
Claire McLeary – Kwolyin (Corrigin)
Kristina Mutlow – Baldivis

WA Trainer of the Year 2017

Jane Goodfellow – Kallaroo
Ekta Tandon – Perth
Robert Taylor – Iluka
Indumathi V – North Perth

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017

Maria Baker – Withers
Chloe Blight – Highbury
Nardine Burgess – Kardinya
Kyle Morgan – Strathalbyn (Geraldton)

This year's business finalists are:

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017

Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services
Scope Trainng
Industrial Training Institute

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017

North Metropolitan TAFE
South Metropolitan TAFE
North Regional TAFE

WA Employer of the Year 2017

McDonald's Australia
JSW Australia
Roy Hill

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017

National Electrical and Communications Association WA
MPA Skills

Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2017 announced

Recognising excellence in our State's employers and training providers.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the organisational finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards from across the State. The organisational finalists represent the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training providers in the State.

Finalists in the individual categories for apprentices, trainees, students and trainers will be announced next month, and winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September 2017.

Small training provider finalist, Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services, provides training in WA prisons. As a result of their training programs, reoffending rates have decreased and they have seen an increase in employment retention for prisoners post custody.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board.

2017 organisational finalists

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services
  • Scope Training
  • Industrial Training Institute
WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
WA Employer of the Year 2017
  • McDonald's Australia
  • JSW Australia
  • Roy Hill
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
  • National Electrical and Communications Association WA
  • MPA Skills

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"There has never been a more important time for training in Western Australia. These finalists go above and beyond to drive opportunities and partnerships, a key factor to achieve employment targets and build a stronger WA.  We are working to ensure our training system delivers opportunities for any Western Australian wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce or change careers. These finalists are setting the benchmark because we are looking for training on which to grow jobs and support the economy."

This media statement was originally published here.  Please contact the Minister's office for enquiries: 6552 5700.

For all media enquiries to the Department please email media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Applications now closed

Applications for the 2017 WA Training Awards have now closed.

We are currently verifying applicant details and will confirm all applications by the end of this week.

Shortlisting across the Awards categories will commence next week. Our judging panels are looking forward to reading about WA’s best training programs, initiatives, trainers and students.

Individual applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist by Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Organisation applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a finalist by Friday 30 June 2017.

Please refer to the About the Awards section of our website for information on the Awards process and key dates.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Wordpress for all the latest information on the next phase of your WA Training Awards journey.

If you have any questions, please direct them to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

WA Apprentice of the Year travels to India with PM

Once in a lifetime opportunity for WA Training Awards winner Brendan Carlson.

Thanks to the WA Training awards, former Swanbourne resident and 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson was selected to travel to India with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the Australia–India Skills mission.

The purpose of the mission, held in April, was to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and commitment to skilling in a global economy.

This is not his first coup since winning the WA Training Award Brendan has also travelled to Darwin and Canberra to speak about his training experiences.

Originally an Infantry Soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Brendan said the award win had certainly opened a lot of doors on his new career path.

“It was an extremely busy and interesting couple of days.  I met with Indian students, teachers and registered training organisations and spoke about my experience completing an Electrical Instrumentation Apprenticeship and the benefits that can come from this type of training.  India has quite defined social classes and we wanted to promote apprenticeships as a top tier employment category.  I am so grateful for the opportunities winning a WA Training Award has afforded me.  I certainly don’t think I would have travelled with the Prime Minister to talk about my training and professional experiences otherwise,”  he said.

The Newman resident worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an apprenticeship with Chevron as part of his transition back into civilian life. He will be traveling to Adelaide in August to speak at the TAFE Directors Australia Convention and then to Canberra in November to mentor applicants in this year’s Australian Training Awards.

Applications are now open for the 2017 WA Training Awards and close 5 May 2017. More information can be found online at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards.

Main picture: Brendan Carlson, WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 (second from right) with Australian Apprentice of the Year 2016 Shane Dealy (far right), talking to students during the Australia-India Skills Mission.

Media contact: Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer – 6551 5196

Sponsorship opportunities available

Here's an opportunity to put your organisation in the spotlight by sponsoring the WA Training Awards.

Each year the Awards partner with a range of WA businesses and training sector stakeholders to present this exemplary program and event. With a distribution network of over 10 000 individuals in training and stakeholders in the State's vocational education and training sector, the WA Training Awards presents sponsors with a unique opportunity to profile their organisation for their commitment to quality training and the development of a skilled workforce for WA.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from valuable marketing opportunities, involvement in the judging process, presentation rights at the Awards event in September, exposure to a diverse audience and much more. Packages are available to sponsor the Semi-finalist Judging Day event, Award categories and the Presentation Dinner at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and start at just $6 000.

Talk to us today about a tailored package to benefit your organisation and how you can contribute to this prestigious program. To find out more, please visit the WA Training Awards sponsorship page or you can contact Elysia Tsangarides, WA Training Awards Coordinator on 08 6551 5608 or via email to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

2017 Applications are open!

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 are now open.

The Awards recognise WA’s top achieving apprentices, trainees and vocational students, the dedicated lecturers driving students to success and the training organisations and businesses raising the bar for quality training and a skilled workforce for WA.

Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 15 September 2017 and will receive $5 000 in cash or prizes and recognition as the best in the State.

Winners in eligible categories will also have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November.

The WA Training Awards judging panels look forward to receiving your application, so if you’re passionate about quality training in Western Australia, apply today!

The Awards team will be running two webinars – one for individual category applicants and one for organisation category applicants on Friday 3 February 2017. These sessions will provide an overview of the process, how to apply, tips and tricks and will assist applicants with any questions they may have about this year’s program. Email trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to register your interest in the webinars. 

Applications close Friday 5 May 2017.

To stay up to date on all the latest news, follow the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube or subscribe to the WA Training Awards blog.

 

WA Training Awards 2016 winners announced

The WA Training Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner was held last Friday night at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, in celebration of the outstanding individuals and organisations in the vocational education and training sector.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2016 for their exceptional achievements and contribution to training in Western Australia.

Organisation winners

WA Employer of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Civmec Construction and Engineering

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development
Kwinana Industries Council Education Development Program

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian
Scope Training

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian
South Metropolitan TAFE

Individual winners

WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group
Brendan Carlson

WA Trainee of the Year 2016 sponsored by Australian Medical Association (WA)
Blake Sayer

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by NECA WA
Liam Brien

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Career Centre
Louise Brookes

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Naomi Beath

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2016 sponsored by Crown Perth
Jasmin Porter

WA International Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development
Natalie Robinson

WA Trainer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Tegan Mossop

State winners in eligible categories* will now have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

We would like to thank all applicants for putting themselves in the spotlight for this year’s WA Training Awards. We encourage all applicants to contact the Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to obtain feedback on their applications.

For more information on this year’s winners, visit the Winners page of the Awards website.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Wordpress for all the latest information on the WA Training Awards.

*Does not include the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award or WA International Student of the Year winners as these are categories unique to WA.

Tickets now on sale for WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner

Tickets are now available for the WA Training Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 September.

The WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner is the culmination of a year long journey for our applicants, recognition of the hard work they’ve put into the application process and their dedication and contribution to vocational education and training in our State.

The Presentation Dinner is an opportunity to meet our 2016 finalists and winners and network with representatives from industry and the vocational education and training sector.

With Master of Ceremonies Karen Tighe at the helm and entertainment by Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys it’s sure to be a great night!  

Tickets are $140 per person, purchase yours today from e.mybookingmanager.com/WATrainingAwards

For more information, visit the Attend the Presentation Dinner page. 
 
Bookings for the WA Training Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner close on Friday 9 September.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Wordpress for all the latest information on the WA Training Awards.

Congratulations to WA Training Awards individual finalists!

Following the WA Training Awards Semi-finalist Judging Day on Friday 15 July, finalists have now been selected in all individual categories from more than 100 applications.

The WA Training Awards team would like to congratulate all of our individual finalists.

WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group

Brendan Carlson

Wayne Goedecke

Thomas Hoffman

Chris Martin

WA Trainee of the Year 2016 sponsored by Australian Medical Association WA

Nathan Bartlett

Blake Sayer

Brendan Sobczak

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by NECA WA

Mohammad Ali

Liam Brien

Amber Skeffington

Sterling Winmar

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Career Centre

Lisa Anfuso

Louise Brookes

Brad Mason

Lauren Rayner

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

Naomi Beath

Marika Councillor

Kathleen Nelly

Kelsey Nicholas

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2016 sponsored by Crown Perth

Cristina Mico

Jasmin Porter

WA International Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development

Lynat Chuma

Ida Linnea Ojala

Natalie Robinson

Lien Vanmaele

WA Trainer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

Helen Hull

Alice James

Tegan Mossop

Andrew Nicholson

Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 September 2016. Tickets for this year’s Presentation Dinner will be available from 15 August.

State winners in eligible categories* will also have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin this November.

We would like to thank all who applied for the WA Training Awards 2016. We encourage all applicants to obtain feedback on their applications by contacting the Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.  

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Wordpress for all the latest information on the next phase of your WA Training Awards journey.

*Does not include the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award or WA International Student of the Year winners as these are categories unique to WA.

Congratulations to WA Training Awards organisation finalists!

The shortlisting process for WA Training Awards organisation categories is now complete. We would like to congratulate the following applicants on being selected as finalists for this year’s organisation awards.

WA Employer of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia

Civmec Construction & Engineering Pty Ltd

JSW Australia

Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development

KIC Education Development Program

Leeuwin Marine Career Pathway Program

MPA Skills

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian

Marr Mooditj Training

Niche Education

Scope Training

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian

Central Regional TAFE

South Metropolitan TAFE

North Metropolitan TAFE

WA International Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Education Services

DNA Kingston Training

Organisation finalists will now host site visits at their premises with their respective judging panels to determine a winner in each Award category.

This year’s winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 September 2016. Tickets for the Presentation Dinner will be available from 15 August.

State winners may also have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin this November.

We would like to thank all who applied for the WA Training Awards 2016 for their dedication and commitment to the State’s training sector and the exceptional work they put in to their applications. We encourage all applicants to obtain feedback on their applications by contacting the Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au

Please refer to About the Awards for information on the Awards process and key dates.

If you have any questions, please direct them to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Wordpress for all the latest information on the next phase of your WA Training Awards journey.

WA Training Awards individual semi-finalists announced

The shortlisting process for WA Training Awards individual categories is now complete. We would like to congratulate the following applicants on being selected as semi-finalists for this year’s individual awards.

WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group

Wallace Adams

Patrick Budge

Brendan Carlson

Wayne Goedecke

Thomas Hoffman

Chris Martin

Reece  Moore

Steven Turnor

WA Trainee of the Year 2016 sponsored by Australian Medical Association (WA)

Nathan Bartlett

Maddison Peck

Blake Sayer

Brendan Sobczak

Tessa Spence

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by NECA WA

Mohammad Ali

Liam Brien

Amber Skeffington

Sterling Winmar

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Career Centre

Lisa Anfuso

Louise Brookes

Fleur Dodds

Charles Mamaril

Brad Mason

Fiona Parker

Lauren Rayner

Tineka Skrlj

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

Naomi Beath

Marika Councillor

Jacob Dann

Tahlia Gagliano

Kathleen Nelly

Kelsey Nicholas

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2016 sponsored by Crown Perth

Steeve Miazdzyk

Cristina Mico

Jasmin Porter

Abdul Rezaie

WA International Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development

Lynat Chuma

Ida Linnea Ojala

Natalie Robinson

Man Yuk (Helen) Sin

Lien Vanmaele

WA Trainer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council 

Helen Hull

Alice James

Tegan Mossop

Andrew Nicholson

James Paxman

Remet Pereira

Individual semi-finalists will be interviewed at the Semi-finalist Judging Day sponsored by MEGT on Friday 15 July 2016 and up to four finalists will be selected in each category.

This year’s winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 September 2016.

State winners in eligible categories* will also have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin this November.

We would like to thank all who applied for the WA Training Awards 2016 for their dedication and commitment to their training and the hard work that has gone into their applications. We encourage all applicants to obtain feedback on their applications by contacting the Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Applicants in organisation categories will be notified if they are a finalist by 8 July 2016.

Please refer to About the Awards for information on the Awards process and key dates.

If you have any questions, please direct them to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

 

*Does not include the Cultural Diversity Training Award or International Student of the Year categories.