The 78 finalists comprising of apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, practitioners, employers and training providers were rewarded and recognised for demonstrating excellence in vocational education and training (VET).
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, presented a keynote address at the event.
“To be selected as a finalist is an outstanding achievement.
“All of the individuals, businesses and registered training organisations that participated in the 25th Australian Training Awards are leaders and role models in their field,” Senator Cash said.
Winner of the coveted Australian Apprentice of the Year Award was Michael Edwards from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. Michael was a motor mechanic for 15 years before his bosses at Snowy Hydro asked if would like to take up a second trade as an Electrician. A brilliant decision for both parties, father of three Michael also took home the TAFE NSW – Riverina’s Wagga Wagga Campus Apprentice of the Year in 2017, with Snowy Hydro describing him as an ‘extremely valuable’ employee due to his double qualification.
The Australian Training Awards demonstrate how a vocational pathway leads to real skills for real careers and how important VET is for industry and students to prepare for the jobs of today, and the increasingly complex and globalised future of work.
All finalists, winners and runners up are invited to become Australian VET Alumni – a national community of VET graduates, registered training organisations, VET practitioners and businesses dedicated to sharing their VET journey with Australians to encourage greater participation and best practice in VET.
Profiles of all winners, runners up and finalists are available on the Australian Training Awards website’s 2018 Winners and Finalists page. Senator Cash’s media release about the Australian Training Awards is available on the Ministerial Media Centre.
The 2019 Australian Training Awards will be held on 21 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.