2019 winners

The Victorian Training Awards program gratefully acknowledges the support of our inaugural Principal Partner, The Apprenticeship Network (AEN) and The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Australia).

The winners for the 65th Anniversary Victorian Training Awards have been announced. Winners have been selected across 14 categories, which include awards for individual students and teachers, employers, training providers and industry collaboration.


Individual categories

 

Apprentice of the Year

Proudly supported by Westvic Staffing Solutions

Jake Carter

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Design and Build Electrical

Jake Carter - Apprentice of the Year finalist On the verge of making a career change from finance to studying for an electrical pre-apprenticeship, Jake Carter discovered his partner was expecting their first child. Despite the drop in pay and unknown job prospects that would eventuate, Jake made the ‘big and risky’ decision to forge ahead. With his new responsibilities increasing his motivation and determination to succeed, Jake completed his studies in three, rather than the customary four years. Further accelerating his career while completing a Diploma of Electrical Project Management at Melbourne Polytechnic, Jake has started his own business while sub-contracting to Design and Build Electrical. He credits Holmesglen’s Futuretech for laying the foundation for his success.

Jake Carter will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Trainee of the Year

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Daniela Feldman

Certificate III in Business
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria

Daniela Feldman- Trainee of the Year finalist Less than a year after doing her traineeship Daniela Feldman has emerged as a young professional doing something she loves which enables her to work for, and have a positive impact on, the wider community. Daniela applied for a traineeship after finding that studying at university was not as challenging or stimulating as she’d expected. Her traineeship in the Human Resources area of the Department of Premier and Cabinet has refocused her goals and provided her with her most rewarding career experience to date. Having completed her training two months earlier than predicted, Daniela has now been offered an ongoing role with the Department.

Daniela Feldman will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Vocational Student of the Year

Proudly supported by TAFE Victoria

Rachael Hilder

Diploma of Community Services and Diploma of Justice
Trained at Kangan Institute

Rachael Hilder - Vocational Student of the Year finalist Having completed diplomas in Community Services and Justice while juggling commitments as a wife, primary carer and parent, Rachael Hilder rightly feels a great sense of achievement. Returning to education at the age of 48, leaving school at Year 10 and never having completed a course, she relished the opportunity to use her brain and loved every moment of her studies, graduating with high distinctions and awarded Kangan’s 2018 Overall Student of the Year. As a Corrections Officer at Ravenhall Correctional Centre, Rachael hopes to use her experience to encourage and motivate the prisoners she works with to take their first steps to building new and meaningful lives in society.

Rachael Hilder will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Heidi Liesel Rasmussen

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Attends Point Cook Senior Secondary College

Heidi Liesel Rasmussen - School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year finalist From the moment she was knee high and could utter the word ‘vet’, Heidi Liesel Rasmussen knew it was the career path she not only wanted to go down, but had to. Work placement in a veterinary clinic led to her determination to pursue formal qualifications which she commenced while in Year 11. With a number of awards already under her belt – for the highest level of achievement for a number of Year 11 subjects and Trainee of the Year from The Gordon, she’s extremely excited about what the future holds. She plans to expand her learning through TAFE for a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and university for a Bachelor’s degree.

Heidi Liesel Rasmussen will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Koorie Student of the Year

Proudly supported by Crown College

Tanya McDonald

Diploma of Community Services
South West Healthcare

Tanya McDonald - Koorie Student of the Year finalist Tanya McDonald finds it hard to believe she has come through a background of family violence and now has completed a Diploma of Community Services and gained a full-time job. But it’s all true, and in the process Tanya has overcome her self-doubt and gained immeasurably in confidence. A strong advocate for her local Indigenous community, Tanya’s goals are to make a positive impact on their health needs and encourage young Indigenous people to further their education. Having faltered a couple of times in her studies and being forever grateful for her teacher’s encouragement to continue, Tanya believes that if she can inspire just one person to continue their studies that will be a great achievement.

Tanya McDonald will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Proudly supported by the VET Development Centre (VDC)

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders

Employed by GOTAFE

Jodi Rechsteiner - Teacher/Trainer of the Year finalistTraining was never on Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders' radar as a career option. Raised in the education sector with teaching parents, step-parents and grandparents, she was determined to forge her own path. It wasn’t until her mid-thirties, university and trade-qualified, that Jodi realised teaching might be a sensible career choice – allowing her to combine her skills as a qualified chef and her enjoyment of science amongst other subject areas. In 2009 destiny got the upper hand and she joined GOTAFE, teaching in the Hospitality and VCAL departments. Jodi has an unwavering passion for achieving outcomes for all her students, ensuring her program delivery, resources and their format are all governed by what works best for her them.

Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Employer categories

 

Large Employer of the Year

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority - Large Employer of the Year finalistIn dealing with emergencies, the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) is acutely effective. Providing the 24-hour link between the Victorian community and the state’s emergency service agencies – police, fire and ambulance, ESTA fields a call every 12 seconds. Becoming an ESTA call-taker requires no minimum qualifications or education. Training happens across multiple formats including face-to-face, classroom and online, via 1,100 training scenarios. The range of educational choices also accommodates diversity in the workforce. Effectively managing a triple-zero call appropriately in a rapid, volatile environment is critical. ESTA’s level of success, with an overall reduction of reportable adverse events of 28.7 per cent is because staff are trained to be responsive and resilient.

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development

Proudly supported by Metro Trains Melbourne

Seymour Health

Seymour Health - Employer Award for Apprenticeship Development finalistEducating a young person for life and work is more complicated when there are extra challenges. Seymour Health designed its Seymour Health School-Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship program in 2018 to instil confidence and self-belief in marginalised local youth. The trainees have experienced significant stresses and have difficulty engaging in mainstream life. Customised training triggers a transformation. Students go from a place of having few social or professional skills to communicating confidently and appropriately with staff and health service consumers. Through supporting youth development and employment, Seymour Health contributes to the local community and students gain the skills and confidence to master their destiny and embrace career prospects in the health sector.

Industry Collaboration Award

Proudly supported by Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) & Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

Holmesglen / Royal Children's Hospital collaboration

Holmesglen / Royal Children's Hospital collaboration - Industry Collaboration Award finalistWorking together towards a common vision, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Holmesglen Institute created an enriching pathway to employment for young people with disability.  Australia’s first Integrated Practical Placement Program is an innovative model combining industry, education and support services. Students enthusiastically perform roles that fulfil a business need and contribute to the hospital’s daily operations. The program includes unpaid work placements of six months, and where possible, participants are supported to transition into paid employment. Piloted in 2018, the program exemplifies how barriers can be overcome through the effective partnering of education with industry. Results to date show that 80 per cent of students gained employment, with others pursuing further studies.

Holmesglen / Royal Children's Hospital will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Training Provider categories

 

Community Training Provider of the Year

Proudly supported by Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE)

Cire Services

Cire Services - Community Training Provider of the Year finalistAt community-based Cire Services, you can even try before you buy with programs such as Try a Trade tasters, run in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology. It’s so successful that over 75 per cent of participants enrol in pre-apprenticeships. Cire’s range of accredited and pre-accredited training opportunities, delivered across the Yarra Ranges, reflect student aspirations. They combine practicality and entrepreneurship with subjects including cooking, literacy, computer skills and financial literacy. The Women’s Warehouse program empowers long-term jobless women and 70 per cent have achieved employment. Agility is key to assisting the many cohorts experiencing disadvantage and over the past three years, Cire’s pre-accredited enrolments have doubled. These inspiring programs have an impact far beyond the classroom.

Inclusive Training Provider of the Year

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Victoria University Polytechnic

Victoria University Polytechnic - Inclusive Training Provider of the Year finalistThe general student population of Victoria University Polytechnic feel fortunate to learn in a setting where there’s a rich representation of cultures and all levels of ability, but it’s not without its challenges. VU Polytechnic’s catchment includes areas of extreme disadvantage with associated chronic mental and physical health issues, however students with disability are fully accommodated to realise their academic merit. The 2018 pilot sport/work education program saw aspiring athletes with intellectual disability play competitive sport and gain a certificate for work-readiness. All participants transitioned into the Certificate II in Work Education Sport. By participating in work experience and transition programs, students develop independence, and the skills to perform jobs professionally.

Small Training Provider of the Year

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Ringwood Training

Ringwood Training - Small Training Provider of the Year finalistThe enormous success of Ringwood Training (RT) is no fabrication. Set on a dedicated campus at Ringwood Secondary College, RT delivers a unique, government school training model with blended learning in the vital industry areas of automotive and engineering fabrication trades, and information communication technology. RT’s industry partnerships have been a source of creativity and innovation when it comes to course development, and the acquisition of cutting-edge technology for the engineering fabrication department and an automotive workshop stocked with varieties of vehicles and automotive systems further enhance the course offering. Students appreciate being able to work at rates that suit their other commitments and many transition from school-based programs to take further qualifications.

Ringwood Training will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Large Training Provider of the Year

Proudly supported by the Department of Education and Training

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE - Large Training Provider of the Year finalistAs the Mallee region experiences strong population and economic growth, SuniTAFE (Sunraysia Institute of TAFE) responds to regional needs. As a leading provider of vocational education in NW Victoria, SuniTAFE has two main campuses and a 30-hectare SMART farm near Mildura. Technologically innovative SMART farm programs have attracted international attention and align students and industry to meet growing horticultural demand. In 2018, a Diploma of Nursing was launched, as well as a Certificate III in Transport and Logistics, in response to an urgent need for freight drivers. SuniTAFE’s cultivating success with above-average completion rates of 95 per cent, accompanied by strong job outcomes, and the increase in new commencements in 2018 being the highest in Victoria.

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Patricia Neden

Patricia Neden - Winner Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime AchievementPatricia Neden is a highly regarded and respected leader of Victoria’s vocational education and training sector. She was the former Chief Executive Officer, Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA), from 2008 - 2018 where she made a significant contribution to VET in Australia. At IBSA she championed government and ministerial reforms through the transition of training packages to new standards and ensured training products best supported industry needs.

Patricia's vast experience covers policy, intergovernmental negotiations, national systems implementation and purchasing arrangements with service providers. She has previously held senior positions in education and her career as a public servant has spanned across various Victorian Government departments, including Industry and Labour, Skills Victoria and the Office of Training and Tertiary Education. In the latter role Patricia was instrumental in the policy development for Securing Jobs for your Future – Skills for Victoria to ensure Victorians a better vocational education and training system to create a sustainable state. Securing Jobs for Your Future was the most fundamental reform of our skills system in decades.

Patricia has also spent time in the private sector, working predominantly in information technology and manufacturing in Victoria and overseas, and in the mining industry in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Patricia Neden will be proudly representing Victoria as a finalist in the 2020 Australian Training Awards.

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