Skills excellence recognised at the 2015 Australian Training Awards

Friday 20 November 2015


Western Australia’s Jared Stone was named Australian Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart on Thursday 19 November. Jared was among 16 winners out of 76 finalists, including Peter Henneken AM, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for over 40 years of service to the Queensland and national vocational education and training (VET) sectors.

All Australian Training Awards winners and runners up on stage

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, provided a keynote address at the presentation dinner.

Minister Hartsuyker

“All the award finalists have achieved amazing things thanks to VET, and are helping build a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain competitive into the future, ” Minister Hartsuyker told over 700 guests at the presentation dinner. View the Minister’s media release.

The presentation dinner was held at the iconic Princes Wharf One and guests were entertained by Soprano Grace Ovens of the Conservatorium of Music in Tasmania and BEX, a trio of musicians from Hobart College studying nationally recognised qualifications in music.

Winner, runner up and finalist biographies are available on the Australian Training Awards website. To view the online conversations about the Awards, search the social media hashtag #ATA2015 or visit the Awards’ Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

Held annually each November, the Awards are the peak national awards for VET, recognising innovation and excellence in VET. Many of the awards are the culmination of the state and territory training awards with winners from each state and territory competing in these nationals finals. Seven of the awards are available by direct entry to the national level. 2016 direct entry categories of the Awards open on 1 December 2015.

For more information about the Australian Training Awards visit the Australian Training Awards website or email

Australian Apprentice of the Year, Jared Stone