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Local students, teachers and employers recognised in 2021 Victorian Training Awards

Among those finalists include Michelle McNab, Stephen Cranage and CPE Construction.

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Post date: 2nd September 2021

Amongst the 44 finalists in the Victorian Trade Awards (VTA), two GOTAFE’ staff and a local workplace have been recognised through nominations. These awards acknowledge the outstanding efforts of apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers.

GOTAFE Trainer and Assessor Information Technology Michelle McNab was named as a Teacher/Trainer of the Year finalist in the awards.

Through course development, she has been directly involved in expanding the IT offering and supported GOTAFE in becoming a leading provider of IT credentials across North East Victoria.

Over the past five years, more than 150 students have successfully completed IT courses through GOTAFE.

“Nothing means more to me than helping a student overcome obstacles and recognise their full potential,” Michelle said.

Stephen Cranage, Trainer and Assessor Cyber Security and Information Technology at GOTAFE, was named as a Koorie Student of the Year Finalist.

Coincidentally, he learned under Michelle McNab and has since completed Certificate IV in Cyber Security, Certificate III in Information, Digital Media Technology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Stephen has gone on to become a highly respected staff member at GOTAFE in the form of Cyber Security and Information Technology Trainer and Assessor – something he feels has been of benefit to him.

"My TAE qualification connected me with the Association for the Study of Higher Education, which I loved, as it strengthened my indigenous connections and sense of belonging,” Stephen said.

Local workplace CPE Construction were also named as a finalist in the Medium Employer of the Year category.

“We offer all employees across the organisation both personal and professional training opportunities,” explained Human Resources Manager Amanda Herezo.

“Each employee has a training and development plan tailored to their needs and interests within the business.

“Our dedication to ensuring our employees receive the training and development to help them be the best they can be was a big part of our nomination.”

Among many apprentices working at CPE Construction in Cobram is Tom Dore who is currently completing a Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (MEM30319) at GOTAFE in Shepparton.

Tom spoke in video footage used to support CPE Construction’s application in the Medium Employer of the Year category. Watch the full video (right).

For more details regarding the Victorian Training Awards, please click here.