Nominations Open For Victorian Training Awards

Nominations Open For Victorian Training Awards

Victoria Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall 

Search On For The Best Of The Best

Victor P Taffa

The search is on for the state’s top apprentices, vocational students, trainees and training providers, with the launch of nominations for this year’s highly sought after Victorian Training Awards.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today announced the opening of nominations for the prestigious awards, which will be presented at the Crown Palladium in September.

Mr. Hall said this year’s awards would be bigger than ever with two new categories being added, taking the total to 14 awards, and prize money totalling around $150,000 available to winners and student finalists.

“The Victorian Training Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the state’s top apprentices, trainees and vocational students.” Mr. Hall said.

 

“Much of Victoria’s competitive advantage comes from its highly skilled workforce and high quality industrial sector.”

“The provision of world-leading training delivered by outstanding training providers and supportive businesses is fundamental in ensuring Victoria remains at the forefront of business and industry, providing jobs and a decent standard of living for families.”

“These awards not only celebrate achievement, they also play a key role in fostering excellence in vocational education and training, leading to a more highly skilled workforce and due recognition of our top apprentices, trainees and training providers.”

Mr. Hall said this year’s awards would also recognise the crucial role played by employers and industry bodies through the establishment of two new categories.

“The inaugural Industry Collaboration Award recognises collaboration between a training organisation and an employer or industry body resulting in exemplary skills development and the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development will be presented to an employer for innovation and excellence in the development of training programs.” Mr. Hall said.

“I encourage anyone involved in vocational education and training to provide nominations for a training award.”

“Nominations are welcome from students, apprentices and trainees, teachers and trainers, training providers, employers and any business involved in training.” Mr. Hall said.

“As an apprentice, student or trainee, being an award finalist provides an opportunity to receive recognition and networking opportunities to help further your career.”

Last year five winners of the Victorian Training Awards went on to win an award at the Australian Training Awards.

Nominations for the Victorian Training Awards close on 6 May 2011. A free information seminar to assist applicants to prepare their nominations will be held on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at 4:30 pm at the Treasury Theatre, Ground Floor, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne.