Awards to showcase the best in training

Date: 03 August 2016

29 finalists vie for State's top honours in vocational education and training

The dedication of the State's top achievers in vocational education and training is in the spotlight as finalists are announced for the Liberal National Government's WA Training Awards 2016.


Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said 29 finalists would be celebrated as they contested eight individual categories.


"Being named as a finalist in the State's premier training awards is a great achievement and instils pride in all finalists as their efforts are being recognised at a high level," Ms Harvey said.


"Their achievement is testimony to their dedication to training and a credit to the people and organisations which make up Western Australia's TAFE and training sector."


Brendan Carlson is among four finalists contesting the coveted title of WA Apprentice of the Year.  Having served in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan focused his attention on an electrical trade, following in his father's footsteps.  He is now in the final stages of an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship.


For Wayne Goedecke, starting a plumbing and gasfitting apprenticeship as a mature age student was a huge challenge.  It has, however, opened up enormous opportunities and created a new future for his young family.


The practical and logical nature of the electrical trade is what drew Thomas Hoffman to the industry.  He also felt it suited his personality.  Having now completed his electrical qualification, Thomas will work towards an electrical engineering degree.


Chris Martin has his sights set on establishing a rewarding career an as automotive electrician/mechanic.  To set himself on that path, Chris completed two apprenticeships, focusing on heavy commercial mechanical technology and automotive electrical technology.


Winners of this year's awards will be announced at a presentation dinner on September 23 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 in Darwin in November.


Fact File

  • This year's awards sponsors include the Australian Medical Association (WA), CCIWA Apprenticeship Support Australia, CCIWA Energy Apprenticeships Group, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT Perth, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press, State Training Board, Training Accreditation Council and The West Australian


Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900



WA Training Awards 2016 - Individual Finalists


WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCIWA Energy Apprenticeships Group

Brendan Carlson

Wayne Goedecke

Thomas Hoffman

Chris Martin


WA Trainee of the Year 2016 sponsored by Australian Medical Association (WA)

Nathan Bartlett

Blake Sayer

Brendan Sobczak


WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by NECA WA

Mohammad Ali

Liam Brien

Amber Skeffington

Sterling Winmar


WA Vocational Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Career Centre

Lisa Anfuso

Louise Brookes

Brad Mason

Lauren Rayner


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

Naomi Beath

Marika Councillor

Kathleen Nelly

Kelsey Nicholas


WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2016 sponsored by Crown Perth

Cristina Mico

Jasmin Porter


WA International Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development

Lynat Chuma

Ida Linnea Ojala

Natalie Robinson

Lien Vanmaele


WA Trainer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

Helen Hull

Alice James

Tegan Mossop

Andrew Nicholson

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