Peoples Choice Awards

Vote now for the Victorian Training Awards Community Choice Award: 2016 Community Choice Award Voting

Victorians have the opportunity to give one apprentice a boost in their future careers by casting their vote. There are four shortlisted apprentices who have been judged as part of the 2016 Victorian Training Awards to be the best in the state for 2016. We're giving them the chance to win $2000 and an Apple Macbook Pro computer and Microsoft Office for Home and Business pack valued at $2757. Your votes will decide who wins the Community Choice Award. 

By voting, you will help one of our apprentices further their training and future careers and eligible voters could also win an iPad Air 2 valued at $729. The lucky iPad winning voter will be chosen at random – be sure to fill in the entry form for your chance to win. 

Register your vote now

You can find more about our shortlisted apprentice finalists below. 


​​​Photo of Steven jeffreyStev​​en Jeffery

Certificate III in Carpentry
Training Provider: Swinburne University of Technology
Employer: Jeffery Homes, Quality Builders

Steven Jeffery became a qualified carpenter earlier this year, fulfilling a lifelong goal. He worked as an apprentice to his father then spent two years with the Department of Human Services, helping to repair damage to houses. This experience opened his eyes to how he could use his skills to assist the community.  Steven has a real passion for helping others and brings that enthusiasm to his work. He has been to India and Cambodia on self-funded trips to work with local tradespeople and wishes all apprentices could have the chance to experience such life changing trips.


Photo of Danielle Kazi-SheddonDanielle ​​Kazi-S​hedden

Certificate III in Shopfitting
Training Provider: Chisholm Institute

Danielle Kazi-Shedden is an apprentice shopfitter. Being able to do a job she loves means that she wakes every morning excited about the day ahead. As a female in a traditionally male industry she has faced challenges, but she has met these head-on and with a determination to be the best. Danielle has already won a number of industry awards and often speaks with school groups about her trade. She encourages other young women to challenge gender stereotypes and enter the same industry. 



Photo of Elliott GraylingElliott​​ Grayling

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)
Training Provider: Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
Employer: Grayling Electrical

Elliott Grayling won the 2015 Victorian Training Awards School-based Apprentice of the Year while he was completing his VCE exams, and was subsequently a finalist in the same category for the Australian Training Awards. Maths and science are what he loves and he is constantly amazed by the vast concepts that make up the world. Elliott's apprenticeship has given him a real head start, allowing him the opportunity to grow and mature while learning at a young age to be resilient and think on his feet. He is now using his VET-learned skills to help him build his first home.


Photo of Paul SaynorPaul ​Saynor

Certificate III in Carpentry
Training Provider: Holmesglen Institute
Employer: Parbrook Homes

Paul Saynor began developing a property portfolio some years ago but found it hard to locate reliable tradespeople with the right skills and qualifications. Having worked in a number of different industries, Paul decided to undertake a Certificate III in Carpentry, with a view to becoming a registered builder. While completing his studies he ran his own project – a two-storey extension. This enabled him to take learned construction techniques and apply them directly to a work site. Paul’s natural style is to contribute to a team and lead by example. He will never ask anyone to do something he’s not prepared to do himself and takes great pride in sharing his knowledge.​


How to enter

Voting is open to people who reside in Victoria aged 10 years and older. If you are under 18, you need to  get your parent's permission to vote. There is only one vote per person but be quick – entries close at 7.45pm on 26 August 2016.

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