2015 Victorian Training Awards Winners Announced
Victoria’s apprentice, trainee and training teacher of the year were among the winners announced at last night’s 2015 Victorian Training Awards.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert congratulated the winners in each of the 14 judged categories, adding they represented the brightest and the best of Victoria’s vocational education and training sector.
The awards – held during National Skills Week – showcase innovation and excellence in our TAFE and training system.
For the first time, members of the public had the chance to vote in this year’s awards, deciding the outcome of a new Community Choice Award, which Minister Herbert created.
Apprentice Marlon Young-Healy who trained at Box Hill Institute was the inaugural Community Choice Award winner.
This year’s winners shared in more than $110,000 in prize money and many will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November.
Mr Herbert said that building a better TAFE and training system was a key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to establish Victoria as the Education State.
The Labor Government has launched a range of initiatives to better support Victorians to develop the skills they need for the jobs they want, including:
- The $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better meet their obligations to the community;
- $50 million for the TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes to partner with industry to deliver 7000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in growing and emerging industries;
- The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term; and
- Accepting all 19 recommendations of the Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET System to improve training quality and restore student and employer confidence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert
“I congratulate all winners, and finalists, on their achievements. They are the brightest and best from across our TAFE and training sector.”
“Each of the winners demonstrates how quality training is supporting people from across our state to develop the skills they need for the job they want.”
“We’re investing in skills and training and transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare young Victorians for the jobs of the future.”
2015 Victorian Training Award Winners:
Community Choice Award Winner (popular vote)
Training Provider: Box Hill Institute
Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year
Elliott Grayling, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrical
Training Provider: Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
Employer: Grayling Electrical
School: Mildura Senior College
Victorian Trainee of the Year
Kerrilyn Bassett, Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
Training Provider: Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE)
Employer: Peppertree Dairy Pty Ltd
Victorian Apprentice of the Year
Christopher Henbery, Certificate III in Horticulture (Retail Nursery)
Training Provider: Swinburne University (Wantirna Campus)
Employer: Gardenworld Nursery, Braeside
Victorian Koorie Student of the Year
Jnaallii Penrith, Diploma of Business
Training Provider: Melbourne Polytechnic
Employer: Victorian Aboriginal Health Services
Victorian Vocational Student of the Year
Luke Alderton, Diploma of Screen &Media (Radio &TV)
Training Provider: Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Victorian VET Teacher/ Trainer of the Year
Kate Herbert, Swinburne University of Technology
Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award
Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre
Victorian VET Client Services/ Support Excellence Award
Shane Lawtey, Team Leader, Student Life and Media (SLAM), Melbourne Polytechnic
Victorian Industry Collaboration Award
Lyndoch Living Aged Care Training Initiative, a collaboration between South West Institute of TAFE and Lyndoch Living
Victorian Employer of the Year
McDonald’s Australia Ltd
Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year
Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre
Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year
Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development
Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce
Victorian Community Training Provider of the Year
Nhill Neighbourhood House Learning Centre