Applications open for State’s training awards

Date: 22 February 2016

New honour for international students

Additional opportunities with more award categories in 2016

Applications for the State Government's WA Training Awards 2016 are now open and provide more opportunities to recognise the outstanding training achievements of students and organisations.


Launching the awards today, Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said this year's program would include a new award.


"We have introduced a new category, the WA International Student of the Year, providing an opportunity to celebrate the successes of international students in our training system," Mrs Harvey said.


"We have also broadened the eligibility of the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year category, so that school students undertaking Certificate II qualifications and above are now eligible to apply.


"In addition, the WA Training Initiative Award has been replaced by the WA Industry Collaboration Award to recognise co-operation between two or more organisations in innovative skills development."


Applications are now open in 13 categories for individuals and organisations, including WA Apprentice of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year and WA Employer of the Year.


Applications close at 5pm on Friday, May 13, 2016.  Award winners will be announced in September and each winner will receive $5,000 in cash or prizes.  Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards later this year.


"Last year, four Western Australian winners went on to be named the nation's best in each major category and we look forward to building on this success," the Minister said.


"This is an opportunity for students, apprentices, trainees and organisations to celebrate their achievements, to share their story and experiences, and inspire others to make a positive change in their lives through vocational education and training."


Fact File

  • This year's awards sponsors include Energy Apprenticeships Group; NECA WA; Australian Medical Association (WA); The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation; Crown Perth; Apprenticeship Support Australia; Department of Education Services; MEGT; PAV Complete Event Solutions; Picton Press; State Training Board; Training Accreditation Council; and The West Australian
  • Further information, including application kits, is available at or telephone 6551 5608 


Deputy Premier's office - 6552 5900

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