Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

    High standards in training sector awarded

    28/09/2016 10:00 AM
    • 12 winners receive State's top awards in vocational education and training
    • Some winners will go on to represent WA in Australian Training Awards 

    A lot of hard work to establish a new career has paid off for Brendan Carlson, who has been named one of Western Australia's top achievers in vocational education and training.


    Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey announced Brendan as the WA Apprentice of the Year during last week's WA Training Awards presentation event.


    "The judges were impressed with Brendan's confidence level as well as his knowledge of the industry and the training sector in general," Ms Harvey said.


    Having served in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan followed in his father's footsteps and focused his attention on an electrical trade.  At the age of 26, Brendan gained work as a fly-in fly-out trades assistant for an electrical company, which gave him invaluable experience in the industry.  Brendan was then offered an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship and is now in the final stages of his qualification.


    Brendan was among the 12 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists.


    "I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and commend them for their outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions within their respective fields," the Minister said.


    "Since 2009, the Liberal National Government has invested $288 million in training facilities and the high standards of finalists and winners demonstrates we are equipping students with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy."


    Winners of this year's awards will each receive $5,000 in cash or prizes.  Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November.


    Fact File

    • This year's awards sponsors include Australian Medical Association (WA), CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia, CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press, State Training Board, Training Accreditation Council and The West Australian
    • For more information, visit http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or phone 6551 5608 

    Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900


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