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Victorian Training Awards 2019

The winners for the 65th Anniversary Victorian Training Awards have been announced. Winners have been selected across 14 categories, which include awards for individual students and teachers, employers, training providers and industry collaboration.  Australia Apprenticeship Pathways congratulates all the winners in this prestigious award.

Apprentice of the Year

On the verge of making a career change from finance to studying for an electrical pre-apprenticeship, Jake Carter discovered his partner was expecting their first child. Despite the drop in pay and unknown job prospects that would eventuate, Jake made the ‘big and risky’ decision to forge ahead. With his new responsibilities increasing his motivation and determination to succeed, Jake completed his studies in three, rather than the customary four years. Further accelerating his career while completing a Diploma of Electrical Project Management at Melbourne Polytechnic, Jake has started his own business while sub-contracting to Design and Build Electrical. He credits Holmesglen’s Futuretech for laying the foundation for his success.

Apprentice of the Year - Jake Carter

Apprentice of the Year - Jake Carter

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Design and Build Electrical

Proudly supported by Westvic Staffing Solutions

Trainee of the Year  

Daniela Feldman

Certificate III in Business
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria

Less than a year after doing her traineeship Daniela Feldman has emerged as a young professional doing something she loves which enables her to work for, and have a positive impact on, the wider community. Daniela applied for a traineeship after finding that studying at university was not as challenging or stimulating as she’d expected. Her traineeship in the Human Resources area of the Department of Premier and Cabinet has refocused her goals and provided her with her most rewarding career experience to date. Having completed her training two months earlier than predicted, Daniela has now been offered an ongoing role with the Department.

Trainee of the Year - Daniela Feldman

Trainee of the Year - Daniela Feldman

Certificate III in Business
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Heidi Liesel Rasmussen

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Attends Point Cook Senior Secondary College

From the moment she was knee high and could utter the word ‘vet’, Heidi Liesel Rasmussen knew it was the career path she not only wanted to go down, but had to. Work placement in a veterinary clinic led to her determination to pursue formal qualifications which she commenced while in Year 11. With a number of awards already under her belt – for the highest level of achievement for a number of Year 11 subjects and Trainee of the Year from The Gordon, she’s extremely excited about what the future holds. She plans to expand her learning through TAFE for a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and university for a Bachelor’s degree.

School-based Apprentice of the Year - Heidi Liesel Rasmussen

School-based Apprentice of the Year - Heidi Liesel Rasmussen

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Vocational Student of the Year

Rachael Hilder - Diploma of Community Services and Diploma of Justice
Trained at Kangan Institute

Koorie Student of the Year

Tanya McDonald - Diploma of Community Services - South West Healthcare

Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders - Employed by GOTAFE

Large Employer of the Year

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development

Seymour Health

Industry Collaboration Award

Holmesglen / Royal Children's Hospital collaboration

Training Provider categories

Community Training Provider of the Year

Cire Services

Inclusive Training Provider of the Year

Victoria University Polytechnic

Small Training Provider of the Year

Ringwood Training

Large Training Provider of the Year

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Patricia Neden