Finalists 2017 Victorian Training Awards

Finalists for the 2017 Victorian Training Awards have been announced. Grace Jamieson, former law student and now TAFE graduate and specialist mechanic, is among them.

‘I’m a good example that if you are on a certain path, then you realise your passion is somewhere else — then don’t be afraid to change or at least try something else. An apprenticeship gave me that chance.’   

Ms Jamieson was studying law and commerce at Deakin University when she realised her true calling was to be a mechanic.

‘I had always been interested in cars from a distance,’ she says.

‘My first car was a Nissan Skyline and it strengthened my interest in mechanics.’

She decided to enrol in a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Mechanical) at Bendigo Kangan Institute (BKI).

‘I wanted to get a taste of what studying mechanics would be like, and to increase my chances of an apprenticeship offer.’

She liked what she experienced and threw herself into her studies. Upon finishing the course, she managed to secure an apprenticeship at a prestige car dealership and service centre. The centre invited her to nominate the TAFE she wished to attend as part of her new role.

‘I chose BKI again because I had such a great experience there and the facilities at its Automotive Centre of Excellence had been recently upgraded and they were first class,’ she says.

Ms Jamieson’s commitment and dedication to her studies and work earned her a nomination for the Apprentice of the Year award, presented to a Victorian apprentice who has been outstanding in all aspects of their trade.

Awarding training excellence

Now in its 63rd year, the Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence in the training and TAFE system across the state, showcasing innovation and collaboration between industry and training providers. There are 15 award categories; with apprentices, trainees and teachers all taking centre stage.

The People's Choice Award is presented to a finalist from the Apprentice of the Year category who receives the most votes. Voting closes 11 October. To get behind your favourite apprentice: Vote in the People’s Choice Award.

To view finalists for the Apprentice of the Year, see: Victorian Training Awards

The winner will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards ceremony to be held at Crown Palladium on 11 October. For more information, see: 2017 Awards Ceremony