Victorian Training Awards Wrap Up

GOTAFE had great success at this year’s Victorian Training Awards. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and businesses that train them.

GOTAFE features heavily in this year’s Victorian Training Awards with the following named as Finalists:

Apprentice of the Year Award Finalist – Jeremy Connell, Engineering
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Jeremy went on to represent GOTAFE at the National Training Awards were was placed in the top 10 Apprentices in Australia

Victorian Training Award Apprentice of the Year Jeremy Connell

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award – Daniel Fisher, Education Support
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Teacher/Trainer of the Year Finalist – Chris Freeman, Nursing
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Chris Freeman Victorian Training Awards Trainer of the Year Finalist

GOTAFE Trainer Mark Ward was also announced as top seven trainers in the state.

Mark Ward announced top seven trainers in the state

Plus two businesses with ties to GOTAFE were named as Finalists in the Small / Medium Employer of the Year Award Category – Mansfield Armchair Cinema and Rhodes Hair & Spa

The Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said that “The Victorian Training Awards are a chance for us to celebrate all the great work that is going on across all areas of the training system.”

Regional areas feature prominently this year among the list of finalists with representatives in all 15 categories from across the State including Ararat, Dimboola, Longerenong, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Wodonga.

The 2017 Awards feature 15 categories including six individual categories, with apprentices, trainees and teachers all taking centre stage. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Award for Apprentice of the Year also featured in 2017.

Employer awards, including the employer award for Apprenticeship Development, recognise the key involvement of businesses, small and large in the continued development of training and skills programs in Victoria. Finalists include Ambulance Victoria, Mansfield Armchair Cinema and WPC Group Ltd.

Now in its 63rd year the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training and TAFE system, showcasing innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers.

The Awards were presented at the Palladium, Crown, on 11 October 2017. Winners received $5,000, with individual, employer, small and large training provider categories representing Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on 23 November 2017.

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