Joint Media Release with Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Australia’s finest apprentices and trainees will celebrate the sector’s night of nights at the 25th annual Australian Training Awards, which recognise those with outstanding skills, professional characteristics and practices.
The Northern Territory is well represented with eight finalists in categories including Medium Employer of the Year Award, Industry Collaboration Award, VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award, Vocational Student of the Year Award, Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award, Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award and Australian Apprentice of the Year Award.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said vocational education and training (VET) is an important contributor to the community.
“Skilled workers are the backbone of Australia’s workforce and for most an apprenticeship or traineeship is the pathway they take to get there,” Senator Scullion said.
“I am proud that the Territory has produced trainees with the right stuff to be a finalist in this year’s Australian Training Awards.
“This is a chance for our local community and the entire nation to see the kind of talent and skills that apprentices and trainees can gain through VET.”
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator The Hon. Michaelia Cash, said it’s incredibly important to recognise how important the VET sector is to Australia.
“This is the 25th anniversary of the Australian Training Awards and in that time a generation of skilled workers has come through the VET system and collectively made a remarkable contribution to the nation,” Minister Cash said.
“While VET is a pathway to real skills for real careers, these awards recognise those whose personal drive and commitment puts them head and shoulders above the rest.”
The awards will be presented tomorrow (November 15) in Sydney.
Local finalists include:
- NEC Australia (Medium Employer of the Year Award)
- NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services Cadet Program (Industry Collaboration Award)
- Chrissy Zelley (VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award)
- Kaylee Appleyard (Vocational Student of the Year Award)
- Sonny Malmerin-Fejo (Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award)
- Kimberly Brewster (Australian Trainee of the Year Award)
- Tullalah Ormsby (Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award)
- Nathan Powell (Australian Apprentice of the Year Award)