Nearly 800 people gathered in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the 2019 Australian Training Awards finalists and winners.
The evening brought together the nation’s best in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The 77 finalists comprising of apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, practitioners, employers and training providers were rewarded and recognised for demonstrating excellence in VET.
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, presented the the Lifetime Achievement Award to recipient Wayne Collyer. Wayne was celebrated for his contribution to VET through the education of thousands of students and his long membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Board. The evening concluded with the final award won by Rory Milner from the Northern Territory, the Australian Apprentice of the Year.
The master of ceremonies was Amanda Blair, journalist, Co-Chair of the South Australian Premiers Council for Women and passionate charity worker.
The 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 finalists are available on the 2019 Winners and Finalists page.