Winners and finalists

WA Training Awards 2020 finalists

WA Training Awards 2020 finalists

Congratulations to the 16 finalists across five categories in the 2020 WA Training Awards.

The WA Training Awards are WA’s premier vocational education and training awards program. By putting the VET sector in the spotlight, the Awards highlight the opportunities available to people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and WA State Training Board would like to congratulate all the finalists for their outstanding achievements.


WA Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

2020 Apprentice of the Year finalists

Bethany Clarke (Mount Pleasant)
Bethany entered her apprenticeship through the National Energy Technician Training Scheme, the first of its kind in Australia and the outcome of an amazing collaboration involving multiple different oil and gas companies. She achieved her Certificate III in Process Plant Operations through apprenticeship arrangements with Programmed and South Metropolitan TAFE. Bethany believes that being a female in a male-dominated industry pushed her to become a more confident version of herself, and is passionate about advocating for more women in the industry.

David Millington (Yangebup)
As he approached his thirties, David found himself having gained a variety of experience at multiple workplaces yet lacking any formal qualifications. He set his sights on qualifying as an electrician but found an apprenticeship was not easy to come by. After two years of interviews, he finally landed a mature-age apprenticeship with Austal and qualified four years later as an electrician, completing his Certificate III in Electrotechnology through South Metropolitan TAFE. He went on to win his employer’s Apprentice of the Year Award as well and his message to others is the importance of goal setting and resilience in the face of adversity.

Elizabeth Klokeid (East Victoria Park)
For Elizabeth, food has always been her passion but with a career background in the disability sector, she did not see her love for cooking as a career pathway until her sister bought a cocktail bar in Melbourne and she had the opportunity to run the small kitchen full time. She returned to Perth and enrolled at South Metropolitan TAFE Bentley campus. Having successfully applied for Crown’s Apprenticeship program, she qualified in March as a chef. Elizabeth believes that food creates a strong sense of community and has a universal ability to bring people together. By completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Elizabeth now has the chance to share that vision working at Crown Perth Modo Mio.


WA Trainee of the Year 2020 finalists

2020 Trainee of the Year finalists

Audrey Wong (Perth)
A decision to change careers in 2015 led to Audrey relocating to WA to complete a self-funded Certificate II in Process Plant Operations at the Australian Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) through South Metropolitan TAFE. As a volunteer firefighter, Audrey has always been happier with a hands-on approach, and after meeting a female production technician who inspired her, she gave up her studies in architecture and made the leap to a new career pathway. Audrey thinks one of the most valuable things she has learned is how a team can work together and achieve success.

Cheyne Pearce (Ardross)
Cheyne chose to study a Certificate IV in Horticulture at North Metropolitan TAFE in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to our environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a dream job as a trainee at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. Cheyne loves the variety in the work – from liaising with clients, designing gardens, and calculating costings, to report writing and computer skills. He has found that as his training has progressed, so too has his appetite for knowledge and experience.

Cassandra Rowan (Geraldton)
Leaving school at 15, Cassandra knew she had to jump straight into the workforce and build herself a career she would enjoy. Despite some early setbacks, she pursued her interests by completing a Certificate III in Resource Processing at Central Regional TAFE, bettering her skills so she was well equipped to face new challenges. As a plant operator at Iluka Resources’ Narngulu site, she used her drive to expand her knowledge, reputation and excellence to progress quickly and received a recognition award for her initiative, problem solving and teamwork. She later went on to win Central Regional TAFE’s Trainee of the Year 2019 for the Midwest and Gascoyne.


WA Vocational Student of the Year 2020 finalists

2020 Vocational Student of the Year finalists.

Trent Caldwell (Ballajura)
With a background in community services, advertising, and art, Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from these industries and embark on a journey to land his dream role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication at North Metropolitan TAFE, Trent has landed his dream role as a Social Media Manager. He manages the website, social media accounts and paid advertising campaigns for Near Me Real Estate. After his successful past 18 months, Trent advocates one simple message - study with TAFE!

Chantelle Un (Kununurra)
Chantelle knows just how far she has come on her training journey. Coming from a background where school or learning was not encouraged, opting out of education seemed like the only option. After leaving school in year 9, she doubted her ability to study and almost gave it all up on her first day at North Regional TAFE. Her intrinsic motivation to be a good role model for her children, and have a job where she could help others, pushed her to complete a Certificate III in Community Services and to achieve her goal of bettering her community.

Georgia Potts (Kalgoorlie)
Georgia was inspired to work in education support, having been diagnosed with dyslexia at age eight. Despite the challenges dyslexia presents, she loved learning and undertook a Certificate IV in Education Support at Central Regional TAFE. Now working at a primary school in Kalgoorlie, Georgia says that the most rewarding part of her job is knowing she is helping to set students up with a positive start to their educational journey.

Eleanor Litterick (Furnissdale)
Inspired by her grandmother, who is an incredible seamstress and costume maker, Eleanor taught herself to sew, making clothes and costumes for friends and family. After taking a break to raise her daughter, she decided to take a leap of faith and pursue her passion by completing an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. Eleanor says the course at South Metropolitan TAFE taught her more than just practical skills, saying she learnt how to manage herself and her expectations, and have faith in her abilities. She also discovered a passion for sustainability in design through her studies, and has made this the focus of her future career.


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year 2020 finalists

2020 ATSI finalists

Philemon Pearson (South Hedland)
Philemon is from Poruma (Coconut) Island in the Torres Strait. He moved to Australia with his partner and children with the goal of securing a trade. He started an apprenticeship as a boilermaker a year after leaving secondary school, but was also playing professional rugby at the same time. He was told by his coach to make his apprenticeship his number one priority but did not listen and dropped out of his apprenticeship with one year left to go. Nine years later, he finally took his coach’s advice and enrolled at North Regional TAFE to complete a Certificate II in Engineering, whilst undertaking a traineeship at BHP as a Trainee Mechanical Fitter.

Colleen Little (Wanneroo)
Colleen loves cars and has always been interested in the automotive field, so when the opportunity arose to complete a traineeship through AMA Training Services at Motor Trade Association of Western Australia (MTA WA), she leapt at the chance. Coming from a large indigenous family, her traineeship allowed her to balance work and study responsibilities, with her family commitments. The Certificate III in Business allowed her to gain both on-the-job administrative experience, and knowledge of the automotive industry. She is now employed full time with MTA WA and her role allows her to help the next generation of tradespeople to commence their own careers.

Jayden Ugle (Heathridge)
A turning point in Jayden’s life was when he became a father at age 17. This life altering event was motivation to establish a long-term career, in order to secure steady employment for himself, his son and his family. Jayden undertook a Certificate III in Civil Construction through Carey Training, and enjoys seeing the fruits of his labour all around Perth. He now works at Downer Group/DM Roads and says it’s a great feeling driving past something and being able to say, ‘I constructed that, or I worked on that’.


WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

2020 SBA finalists.

Jesse Booker (Mukinbudin)
Jesse chose work experience in the building and construction industry on the recommendation of his principal, who recognised he would benefit from practical work experience alongside his formal school studies. During his Certificate II in Construction Pathways at Central Regional TAFE, Jesse very quickly discovered that he enjoyed the work, and took pride in being able to finish a job for a client and reflect on what he had accomplished. Jesse hopes to inspire other students who may struggle with certain areas in school, to become a school-based trainee.

Piper Sweet (Dianella)
Piper was really unsure about what she wanted to do after school and applied for a school-based traineeship in the public sector. She hoped it would get her a foot in the door to somewhere that offered a range of career options. A Certificate II in Government Administration also felt more suited to her decision to take an ATAR pathway in Year 11 and 12. Apart from her on the job success, Piper was proud to be asked to present to the next year's group of trainees at their orientation, and achieved her personal goal of being able to publicly speak. Combined with her politics and law, and Italian studies at school, she now has a clearer idea of what she would like to do with her career, and hopes it will be in government or politics.

Joel Pearson (Geraldton)
The arts industry is something which Joel has always been deeply passionate about, so after years of circus, dance and volunteering at events, he started up his own circus entertainment company. A year of work placement encouraged Joel to further his training through a Certificate III in Arts Administration at North Regional TAFE, which resulted in being selected to complete a Tour Coordinator Mentorship with regional arts industry leader, CircuitWest. A highlight of Joel’s career so far was his first solo project in late 2019, working with the City of Greater Geraldton to provide a performance project titled Geraldton's Worst Artist at the local event, Christmas on the Terrace, which was attended by thousands.


2019 Winners

The WA Training Awards 2019 winners are ambassadors for the training sector.


WA Apprentice of the Year 2019

Anthony Di Cristofaro

Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE

Employed by Directions Workforce Solutions

Prior to starting a mature age apprenticeship, Anthony worked in the mining industry for 10 years. Committed to learning and excelling in his trade, he exhibits genuine care for his co-workers safety and mental health, mentoring younger apprentices and completing the Mates in Construction Connector course. Anthony believes in the importance of training to produce quality skilled workers that are resilient and confident in their abilities.


WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2019

Tiffany Heelan

Certificate III in Sports and Recreation

School: SEDA - Senior Secondary Educaton

Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE

Employed by SEDA Group WA

Sports have always been a passion for Tiffany and so the opportunity to train in sport and recreation felt like a natural pathway. Training has developed her determination – recovering from injury – and her leadership skills as well. As a WA netball program student ambassador she has worked on personal development programs and fundraising initiatives. Her goal is to help people live active and exciting lives.


WA Trainee of the Year 2019

Rebecca Hudson

Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations

Trained at Australian Training Management

Employed by South32 Worsley Alumina

After years working in human resources, Rebecca decided to take on a completely different career as a crane operator. Despite having no experience, she found one of her biggest challenges of the traineeship was learning how to learn again. Her experience retraining herself to take notes and listen to her trainer’s advice after years in management roles taught her to be more confident and trust in her ability.


WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019

Chloe Baigent

Certificate IV in Youth Work

Trained at South Regional TAFE

With 10 years of experience in Horticulture, Chloe dreamed of a career where she could support and empower young people and chose to pursue youth work. Chloe’s passion and ability saw her be named the 2019 South Regional TAFE Student of the Year. She continues to be an ambassador, creating a program to help youth write resumes to support them to become more financially independent.


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019

Rekeisha Voss

Certificate III in Government

Trained at Aspire Performance Training

Employed by Department of Training and Workforce Development

Rekeisha started her career in beauty therapy and hospitality, however felt the need to try something new and applied for a traineeship. Working as a trainee service desk officer has taught her many things about the behind the scenes world of ICT. With a passion for learning new skills, Rekeisha wants to break negative perceptions and shine a spotlight on positive work outcomes for Indigenous people.


WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019

Elena Smirnova

Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Trained at South Metropolitan TAFE

Books and libraries provide a constant source of inspiration for Elena. She loves reading and literature but also the community that libraries create. It was this inspiration that motivated her to study English after arriving in WA. Her goal is to become ‘a warrior of the light’ - a Russian expression to describe someone who is educated and, through further training, fulfil her career in library services.


WA International Student of the Year 2019

Dushica Poposki

Diploma of Nursing

Trained at North Metropolitan TAFE

Employed as a nurse in Macedonia, a chance experience as an outpatient while visiting Perth inspired Dushica to relocate and train in WA. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.


WA Trainer of the Year 2019

Matthew King

Trains in Electrotechnology

Employed by Swan Trade Training Centre

Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor he provides inspirational learning experiences whilst remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.

Matt was also runner up in the 2019 VET Teacher/Trainer award category at the Austrlalian Training Awards.


WA Medium Employer of the Year 2019

Eden Corporation Pty Ltd T/As McDonald's Karratha

Since opening its doors in September 1997, McDonald’s Karratha struggled with crew retention and filling managerial positions as employees moved to higher paid positions in the mining sector. In 2016 it decided to bring back WA Apprenticeships with just 2 Apprentices. Since then, 41 employees have passed through the system. The operation now has 80 staff and a remarkably low staff turnover rate.


WA Large Employer of the Year 2019


Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Barminco also won the 2019 Large Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards.



WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019

The Electrical Industry Female Participation Program (EIFPP)

EIFPP, led by the College of Electrical Training, partners with secondary schools, NECA WA and local employers to improve course accessibility and reduce barriers for female school students obtaining an apprenticeship. The program provides a structured career pathway into the electrical industry, promotes the electrical industry as ‘gender neutral’ and delivers a training experience aimed at giving students the best possible chance of employment.


WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

Since 1983, KAMS has been committed to providing high quality VET training in the Kimberley region. Established to offer a local study option for Aboriginal Health Work without having to relocate to Perth, courses offer flexibility and practical, supervised experience for Aboriginal Health Care Workers providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019

North Regional TAFE

North Regional TAFE is the largest provider of training and vocational services in the north of WA, servicing industries and communities across the region. With a total of 11 campuses and the College’s three largest delivery centres at Broome, Karratha and Pundulmurra in South Hedland, in 2018, it delivered more than 190 nationally recognised and industry-endorsed qualifications to over 7,300 students.


2019 Finalists

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the WA Training Awards 2019 finalists for their achievements to date. 


WA Apprentice of the Year 2019, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd


  • Anthony Di Cristofaro
  • Mark Halden
  • Ben Lovering
  • Jesse Maiorana


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WA Apprentice of the Year finalist headshots

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

  • Tahleisha Bennell-Mustica
  • Benita Brown
  • Rekeisha Voss
  • Jodie Wyatt

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WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2019 sponsored by Roy Hill

  • Dion Emin
  • Tiffany Heelan
  • Eleesha Spargo


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WA School-based Apprentice 2019 finalist headshots

WA Trainee of the Year 2019 sponsored by Crown Perth

  • Sally Farr
  • Rebecca Lee Hudson
  • Alexandra Mell
  • Kaitlyn Frances O’Connell
Finalists: Trainee of the Year 2019

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019

  • Chloe Baigent
  • Angela Hill
  • Kim Logue
  • Lauren Shields


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WA Vocational Student 2019 finalist headshots

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019

  • Jiamin Li
  • Bronwyn McKane
  • Bukonla Abolanle Olayeni
  • Elena Smirnova


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WA International Student of the Year 2019

  • Vitor Cerqueira Marques
  • Martin Gillies
  • Dushica Poposki
  • Paula Ximena Roa Ayala


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WA International Student 2019 finalist headshots

WA Trainer of the Year 2019 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

  • Matthew King
  • Nathan McMurdo
  • Vicki Thompson
  • Sharyn Trent
Trainer of the Year 2019 finalists

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019

  • The Electrical Industry Female Participation Program
  • National Energy Technicians Training Scheme
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019 finalists

WA Medium Employer of the Year 2019 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia

  • Eden Corporation Pty Ltd T/As McDonald`s Karratha
  • Ranger Exploration Drilling
WA Medium Employer 2019 finalists

WA Large Employer of the Year 2019

  • AFGRI Equipment Australia
  • Barminco
WA Large Employer 2019 finalists

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019

  • Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services
  • Marr Mooditj Training
  • Royal Life Saving WA
WA Small Training Provider 2019 finalists

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019

  • North Regional TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Central Regional TAFE
WA Large Training Provider 2019 finalists

Honour roll

WA Apprentice of the Year

Year Winner Industry
2018 Megan Feaver Electrical
2017 Jamie Stewart Carpentry
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
2018 Beth Hodder Business
2017 Claire McLeary Meat Processing
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
2018 Soleil White Health
2017 Kim Dick Training and Assessment
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
2018 Ananda Paiva  Hospitality
2017 Rui Sheidt Feix Horticulture
2016 Natalie Robinson Health

WA Trainer of the Year

Year Winner
2018 Crystle Challinger
2017 Jane Goodfellow
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
2018 Mental Health Commission (Strong spirit strong minds Aboriginal Program)

Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services -Department of Justice

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
2018 Caitlin Whittle Hospitality
2017 Ben Rowe Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
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
2018 Caitlan Noble Health
2017 Kyle Morgan Environmental Monitoring
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
2018 William Bol Security
2017 Esfandiar Shahmir Education Assistance
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
2018 Roy Hill
2017 McDonald's Australia
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
2018 Central Regional TAFE
2017 MPA Skills
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
2018 North Metropolitan TAFE
2017 North Regional TAFE
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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