Australian Training Awards
The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising organisations, training providers and individuals for their contribution to skilling Australia, The Australian Training Awards were held in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Northern Territory (NT) were proud to have seven individual finalists, two organisational finalists, and a recipient of the National Achievement Award represented.
- Australian Apprentice of the Year - Rory Millner
- Trainee of the Year - Jack Short
- Vocational Student of the Year - Jacqui Culgan
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - Raelene Collins
- School based Apprentice of the Year - Ashlee Gilder
- VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year - Patricia Sweeney Fawcett
- Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award - Wendy Kennedy
- National Achievement Award - Judith McKay
- Small Employer of the Year - Forwaard Aboriginal Corporation
- Large Training Provider - Charles Darwin University.
Northern Territory wins Apprentice of the Year at the national awards
Territorian, Rory Milner, was named Australian Apprentice of the Year.
The Charles Darwin University student, who recently completed a Certificate III in Carpentry while working for Sunbuild, also won the Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award last year at both NT and national levels.
“I chose the building and construction industry as I love being able to see progress happen on a daily basis, see something get created from nothing and feel pride when I go home at the end of the day, seeing something I'm involved in grow when I look in my rear-view mirror on the way home.” - Rory Milner
Jack Short from Alice Springs was named Runner-up Australian Trainee of the Year. Beginning with a school-based traineeship while completing year 12, Jack went on to study a Certificate III traineeship in Information, Digital Media and Technology and now plans to study Certificate IV in Information Technology to further develop his skills in the industry.
Judith McKay was the recipient for the National Achievement Award.
Judith is a champion of VET in the NT. Judith commenced her engagement with VET in earnest as a frontline trainer and assessor in Alcohol and Other Drugs with the NT Government. Eighteen years on and Judith remains as tenacious and determined as ever to promote and guide industry sectors, businesses and employers to take up vocational training opportunities whilst maintaining a resolute belief in the positives to be gained through vocational training.
Through Judith’s positive leadership, she continues to inform and contribute to VET for human service industries.
Real Stories Real Achievements
The Australian Training Awards is more than one spectacular night to remember on the VET calendar.
Winners, runners-up and finalists have Real Stories and Real Achievements to share that can provide the inspiration people need to gain real skills for a better career, or provide the best practice businesses and training providers need to improve their training outcomes and ensure sustainable growth.
Featuring past winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, these inspiring stories prove that investing in a nationally recognised qualification can lead to greater employability, greater job security, greater earning potential, greater choices for work options and, for many individuals, a better life.
For Australian businesses, the videos share evidence of best practice in training and how business, both large and small, have increased their bottom line and enjoyed sustainable growth through the provision of nationally recognised training to their employees.
Whether you are an organisation providing training, or a business considering training, or even an individual seeking skills to gain a better job, the Australian Training Awards website has the stories that will get you motivated.
For more information about awards, go to the Australian Training Awards website.
Last updated: 27 November 2019