Australian Training Awards 2017: Victoria’s TAFE system triumphs

Victoria's TAFE system has triumphed at the 2017 Australian Training Awards, with Geelong's The Gordon winning the Australian Large Training Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Former Holmesglen Institute Director and one of the architects of Victoria's TAFE system, Bruce Mackenzie, was also recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to vocational education and training.

Mr Mackenzie oversaw Holmesglen TAFE's expansion from a Chadstone paddock to one of the nation's largest TAFE providers.

Holmesglen also received two awards — the International Training Provider of the Year Award and the Industry Collaboration Award for Futuretech, a partnership with the Electrical Trade Union.

Meanwhile, Chisholm Institute's Kathrin Colgan was awarded the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.

Victorians sweep the Australian Training Awards

Overall, Victoria won seven award categories at the Australian Training Awards, cementing itself as a national leader in vocational education and training.

Year 12 business administration student Bethany Simpson from Mildura, and young enterprising Wimmera farmer Dustin Cross both excelled in school-based training programs to be named Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and Trainee of the Year respectively.

SBAT is an apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by a student enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL), with at least one day per week timetabled to be spent on the job or in training during the normal school week. 

See: Bethany and Dustin win Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards recognise outstanding individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

See: Victorian Training Awards