Recognising and showcasing the quality of the VET sector

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A highly skilled workforce is achieved by giving students opportunities for access, participation and success in high quality vocational education and training (VET).

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.


2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year

Photo of Philadelphia Hughes - 2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Philadelphia Hughes
2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Certificate IV in Frontline Management

2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year Philadelphia Hughes completed a Certificate IV in Frontline Management. It is a move that Philadelphia describes as a life-changing experience. While her studies increased her skills, she could not have predicted that they would give her the confidence to take on new challenges personally and professionally. At the conclusion of her course, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Student in her class at Charles Darwin University.

Passionate about the Closing the Gap initiative for Indigenous health equality, her ultimate career goal is to work with children in need within Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Philadelphia Hughes 2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Certificate IV in Frontline Management.


2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year

Photo of Brenden Williamson - 2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology
Brenden Williamson
2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology

At only 18, 2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, Brenden Williamson, is already living his dream as a second year apprentice studying motorcycle mechanical technology.

Brenden secured his Australian School-based Apprenticeship through the Yamaha Student Grand Prix Partnership, which was created to address the skills shortage of experienced technicians in the marine and motorcycle industry.

Brenden Williamson 2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technology


2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year

Photo of Jared Stone -2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Jared Stone
2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

The 2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year, Jared Stone, left school after completing Year 10 and enrolled in VET to study music. While studying music Jared realised he enjoyed the technical aspects and the electrical theory in his subjects. To explore these interests further, he started a pre-apprenticeship course in electrotechnology.

Jared completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician and is now a fully qualified electrician with Western Power. He is currently expanding his knowledge base by self-funding a Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation).

Jared Stone 2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician


Further information about the Australian Training Awards, including previous award winners is available on the Australian Training Awards website.