Victorian Training Awards

Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards (VTA) recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

To watch the 2017 awards ceremony highlights, see: Victorian Training Awards ceremony highlights

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Congratulations to our Individual Winners!

Susan Morris, 2017 Teacher/Trainer of the Year

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being a teacher. Seeing the students graduate and knowing they have the skills to design beautiful buildings, functional buildings in a collaborative way and also very sustainable buildings. It’s incredibly rewarding.

Bethany Simpson, 2017 School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

The skills that I learnt from the school-based I found can be applied to anywhere, whether it was school, whether it was work. I learnt industry-specific things such as simple accounting procedures, working with technology, templates but I also learnt things that can be applied to any workplace such as punctuality, communication, working with a bunch of different people. So, by doing something while I’m doing school, I’ve got experience to help me get a better job through uni, to help me get a better job after uni.

Louise Nichols, 2017 Vocational Student of the Year

I loved that we would learn about the theory and do some research in the classroom and then go out into the field and put that knowledge into practical skills that I would need in the workforce.

Tracy Mollison, 2017 Koorie Student of the Year

Every course that I do, I feel that it empowers me to go onto something else and then I started my journey through education to get the skills and knowledge to get employment. I started my journey to get more confidence and to give back because I think that’s what I’m here for – is to give back to other students to help them grow and help their journey through education.

Dustin Cross, 2017 Trainee of the Year

From a young age, I really enjoyed farming and I sort of knew that’s what I wanted to do. I tried my hand at carpentry, like my Dad. My Dad’s a builder and I just … I didn’t like it one bit. I preferred to be in a tractor or dealing with the sheep. As school progressed and I got older, an opportunity came up to do one day a week on a farm. It really helped me set in stone that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Jeremy Connell, 2017 Apprentice of the Year

The best part of apprenticeship training for myself was the hands-on aspect. To be able to learn in that way was really beneficial for myself. The learning aspects and the theoretical side has really aided me in my apprenticeship and I want to take that to the next level.

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Congratulations to our Organisation Winners!

Wingate, 2017 Community Training Provider of the Year

We applied for the training awards because we felt the training is important for people to actually progress in their future so they don’t end up in a cycle. So, training is definitely the next step for them to actually change their livelihood and their lives.

Ambulance Victoria, 2017 Large Employer of the Year

We wanted to be able to invest into communities, a breadth of ongoing education and training that can be utilised in a number of different areas, rather than just the straight health packages that we run.

Future Tech, 2017 Industry Collaboration Award

This training model is a perfect example of something that could be taken and shared in industry and other education providers.

A.F. Gason Pty Ltd, 2017 Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development

We are out here in the country, just doing what we can to ensure that we have the right skills in our business to continue making the products that we make and it’s really nice recognition to sort of know, 'hey look, we’re actually doing quite a good job here.

Mansfield Armchair Cinema, 2017 Small/Medium Employer of the Year

It’s very exciting for us and we’re very proud of our students and our cinema and, so, we can showcase it to the rest of Victoria and hopefully Australia can see what small businesses are capable of.

The Gordon, 2017 Large Training Provider of the Year

I think it cements the message that we’re doing a good job and I really like to think that it will build pride in our students and our staff as well and also, I think, it’s a great way to build trust with employers.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, 2017 Small Training Provider of the Year

We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 7 years but, certainly, as a training provider over the last 20 years, in really looking at really innovative and creative ways to help people to get real insight into what it’s like to have dementia. This is such an important moment to put a real spotlight and a focus on an issue that is a major issue confronting our society and communities across the globe.

Australian Training Awards

Winners from the Victorian Training Awards (in aligned categories) have the opportunity to compete nationally to be named the best in Australia at the Australian Training Awards held in Canberra on 23 November 2017.

Congratulations to our Victorian Australian Training Awards finalists!

  • Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award - Bethany Simpson
  • Vocational Student of the Year Award - Louise Nicholas
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award - Tracy Mollison 
  • Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award - Dustin Cross
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award - Susan Morris
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award (Direct Entry) - Kathrin Colgan
  • Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award (Direct Entry) - Crown Resorts
  • Industry Collaboration Award – Futuretech
  • Large Training Provider of the Year Award - The Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • International Training Provider of the Year Award (Direct Entry)
  • International Training Provider of the Year Award - Box Hill Institute
  • International Training Provider of the Year Award - Holmesglen Institute

To find out more about the Australian Training Awards and to buy tickets to the Awards Ceremony, see: Australian Training Awards

2017 Awards Ceremony

2017 Victorian Training Award Winners Announced see:  2017 Winners

The 2017 Victorian Training Awards Ceremony was recently held on Wednesday 11 October at Crown, Palladium. The Awards Ceremony places top achievers in the spotlight, showcasing achievements, best practice and innovation in training, placing finalists and winners centre stage as the best in the business.

2017 Victorian Finalists

Finalists of the 2017 Victorian Training Awards became Victorian Ambassadors in their category and winners may go on to represent Victoria at the 2017 Australian Training Awards.

To learn more about our 2017 Victorian Finalists, see:  2017 Victorian Finalists

About the Awards 

The Awards are not only open to students, registered training providers and TAFEs but to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and large employers providing high quality training to their workers.

Winners and finalists gain state-wide recognition and were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 11 October at Crown, Palladium. Award winners go on to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on Thursday 23 November 2017 (in aligned categories).

Through celebrating excellence in the training and TAFE system, the Awards highlight student achievement and showcase innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers - continuing to put Victoria's top achievers in the spotlight.

Through Skills First, the Victorian Government is delivering a trusted training and TAFE system that delivers real training for real jobs. The Awards bring confidence and pride to Victoria’s training and TAFE system.

2018 Victorian Training Awards Nominations

Stay tuned, the Victorian Training Awards nominations for 2018 open early December 2017.

More information


The Victorian Training Awards program team can be contacted via phone: 03 9637 3962 or email:

The Department acknowledges the generous support of the 2017 Victorian Training Awards Sponsors: