Celebrating excellence in the training sector

Date: 18 September 2017

WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

Government is working to grow our State's economy through the training sector and local job creation

Inspiring stories from this year's WA Training Awards highlights how significant vocational education and training, changes lives.


A former oceanographer, restaurateur, administrator, salesperson and truck driver turned to vocational education and training to find careers they were passionate about and secured an award win in the process.   


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017, Kim Dick was driving trucks on mine sites when his employer encouraged him to become a trainer assessor.


Before undertaking a qualification, Kim found it difficult to turn a computer on and now he confidently operates technology including drones in the workplace and helps his children use a computer to do their homework.


Kim credits his training with empowering him to support other indigenous people to have successful mining careers.


The Training Awards were held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 15, 2017 and each winner received $5,000. Kim, along with some of the other winners, will now compete at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra this November.


The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board.


Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


"I congratulate these winners on their dedication and commitment to our training sector. We are in good hands with these people and organisations driving our future economy.


"Their inspirational journeys show us it is never too late to retrain and better your future.


"The McGowan Government is working to grow our State's economy through local job creation.


"Having highly skilled workers, like these winners, ready to take those jobs is essential."


Minister's office - 6552 5700


Full list of winners:


WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation     

Kim Dick


WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Jamie Stewart


WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

Esfandiar Shahmir


WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education

Rui Scheidt-Feix


WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by National Electrical and Communications Association, Western Australia                      

Benjamin Rowe


WA Trainee of the Year 2017

Claire McLeary


WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Training Accreditation Council

Jane Goodfellow


WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth

Kyle Morgan


WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017

Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services


WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017

North Regional TAFE


WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia

McDonald's Australia


WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017

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