Standing up for Canberra

Canberra locals named as finalists in national training awards

Four talented Canberrans have been named as finalists in the 2011 Australian Training Awards. 

Cultural arts student Hayley Hoolihan, carpenter Matthew Cuthbert, school-based apprentice Kimberley Budgen and metal fabrication teacher Steven McMahon are vying for the top spot in each of their categories at the national awards to be announced later this month.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, was very pleased with Canberra’s stand out efforts.

"I am very impressed with the calibre of finalists in this year’s Australian Training Awards," she said.

"The Canberra finalists have already demonstrated excellence in their field of vocational education and training by being named the winner in their category at the ACT training awards.

"They can be very proud of their achievements and of their contribution to their industry and to the nation’s skills base.

"I wish them the very best of luck for the Australian Training Awards."

Hayley Hoolihan from Narrabundah is a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award after studying a Certificate III in Cultural Arts at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Indigenous Educational and Student Support Service Centre.

Carpenter Matthew Cuthbert from Chisholm is a finalist in the Australian Apprentice of the Year award. Mr Cuthbert believes that the experience he gained during his apprenticeship has been invaluable in the construction industry and helped him land his job at BA Lentfer Building Contractors.

Kimberley Budgen from Gordon is a finalist in the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year award. Ms Budgen believes that completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in Certificate III Business Administration helped her learn new and specialised skills such information technology, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Steven McMahon from Banks is a finalist in the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award and has spent the last 12 years teaching metal fabrication and welding qualifications at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, congratulated the finalists of the 2011 Australian Training Awards.

"These prestigious awards are the peak national awards for vocational education and training recognising innovation and excellence in the training sector," Senator Evans said.

"Each of the finalists has earned their place to compete in the national finals and they should be proud of their achievements and their contribution to skilling Australia."

The 2011 Australian Training Awards will be held on 25 November 2011 in Brisbane.

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