2016 Australian Training Awards Winners Announced

Three exceptional representatives of the ACT’s vocational education and training (VET) sector were announced winners at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

Eight finalists, including two local businesses, proudly represented the ACT VET sector at the Australian Training Awards. The awards recognise individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. 

Shane Dealy, employed by Algoa Holdings, was named the 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year. After studying engineering at university for 18 months, Shane was not convinced that this was the pathway for him and instead made the decision to study a Certificate III in Carpentry and get hands-on experience through his Australian Apprenticeship at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

Bond Hair Religion in Kingston was named the 2016 Small Employer of the Year. Bond Hair Religion employs five apprentices and is committed to regular training to enhance the teams’ professional skills, creativity and personal development.

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) was named the 2016 Small Training Provider of the Year. AIE has an excellent track record of placing its graduates into jobs with students going on to work in high profile organisations within the gaming, animation and film industries.

Madeline Wallace of Radford College was named runner-up in the 2016 Australian School-based Apprentice (ASBA) of the Year category. Madeline completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies through an ASBA while working at Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital. Madeline then transitioned into a second ASBA with the same employer, studying a Certificate III in Business while working as a receptionist.

All of the ACT winners and finalists are outstanding ambassadors for the ACT and national VET sectors. For further information about the 2016 winners and finalists, visit the Australian Training Awards website.

Submitted on 2016-11-18 by Matthew Haggan

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