Victorians shine at national training awards

Victoria’s top trainees and training providers have taken out national titles at last night’s Australian Training Awards, including Indi Clarke who was named Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

The annual awards, held last night in Darwin, recognise individuals, businesses and registered training organisations in the vocational education and training (VET) sector for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Indi, a proud Aboriginal man from the Muthi Muthi and Lardil people, studied a Certificate IV in Business at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and completed a corporate services traineeship at Mallee District Aboriginal Services before being promoted to the role of Community Engagement Facilitator.

Indi said he was in disbelief after receiving the award and said he hoped that his success showed what VET can help students achieve.

‘It’s very humbling and I’m excited for the future,’ Indi said.
‘I think it shows the true pathways VET can offer, it can lead you to better things and that’s what it’s done for me.’
Other Victorian winners were Box Hill Institute of TAFE, named Large Training Provider of the Year, and Metro Trains Melbourne which took out the Large Employer of the Year award.

Denise Stevens, former Chief Executive Officer of the VET Development Centre, picked up a National Achievement Award, WPC Group won Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award, while vet nurse Jennifer Peart, who studied at the Gordon Institute of TAFE, was runner up Australian Vocational Student of the Year.

For more information about the awards, see: Australian Training Awards