WA winners steal the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards

Date: 25 November 2015

Two WA students and two WA organisations have been crowned as the nationís best at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart last week

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national Awards recognising excellence in the vocational education and training sector.

Tied with New South Wales also receiving four Awards, Western Australian finalists received the most awards of any State or Territory at this year’s Awards, a testament to our exceptional training system.

WA’s Jared Stone and Sandra Van Der Gaag took out top gongs in the individual categories, winning Australian Apprentice of the Year 2015 and Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year 2015 respectively.

In the organisation categories, Crown Perth was named the Employer of the Year 2015, with Clinipath Pathology taking out the Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award 2015.

The four WA winners were among a talented team of finalists who represented the State in 10 categories. Other finalists included:

• Thalia Wilkinson (School-Based Apprentice of the Year Award);
• Katherine Haag (Vocational Student of the Year Award);
• Kahli King Elliott (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award);
• Danni Grundy (VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award);
• Durack Institute of Technology (Large Training Provider of the Year); and 
• Scope Training (Small Training Provider of the Year).

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Dr Ruth Shean said all finalists from WA should be proud of their achievement.

“Being a finalist in such a prestigious awards program has the potential to increase professional opportunities for all of the individuals and organisations involved”, she said.

“I’m sure each of the finalists and award recipients from WA has a bright future ahead of them.”

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