Standing up for Canberra

Five Australian Training Awards finalists from Canberra

The electorate of Canberra is well represented in the 2012 Australian Training Awards with five finalists.

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said it was an outstanding achievement for the electorate to produce five finalists in one year.

“As a Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduate, I am a huge fan of vocational education and training,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“All five are deserving finalists and are a great reflection on the Canberra community.”

“The Canberra community is benefiting from their skills and ongoing commitment to training.”

“I wish our finalists the best of luck for the Awards.” 

Belinda Whyte is a finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. The 23-year-old recently completed a Diploma of Music with the Canberra Institute of Technology and is aiming to complete further music qualifications at university.

Swinger Hill resident Gloria Davison is another CIT graduate, completing a Diploma of Nursing in 2011. The 34-year-old is a finalist in the Vocational Student of the Year and is now studying an Advanced Diploma in Nursing.

Daniel Helson, 19, from Macarthur resident is the ACT’s representative in the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year. Mr Helson’s host employer is ACT Education and Training Directorate where he completed a Certificate III in Business through the Australian Training Company. 

St Clare’s College student Celine Reid is in the running to be named Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year. The Calwell resident recently completed a Certificate III in Information Technology with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The 17-year-old aims to further her studies at university after completing Year 12.

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year finalist Kate Larkham has 13 years experience in the beauty therapy industry. For the past four years, Kate has been employed as the Senior Trainer at the Australasian Beauty Therapy Academy where she delivers training through innovative methods including the integration of video lessons, enabling her students to learn industry techniques at their own time and pace.

Federal Minister for Skills Senator Chris Evans congratulated the finalists.

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

“Being a finalist is a tremendous achievement with each nominee demonstrating personal drive and dedication to their own and to others’ vocational skills development.

“For individuals, skills are the passport to a better job, a bigger pay packet and a more rewarding working life. For businesses, skilled workers are the critical ingredient for sustained success.

The 2012 Australian Training Awards will be held on 16 November 2012 in Melbourne.

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