- Outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and trainers named as finalists in WA Training Awards 2018
- Awards showcase excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector
- Finalists will become advocates for their industries
The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today.
The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers.
The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.
Caitlan Noble, a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018 category, completed a Bachelor of Commerce but discovered her passion for the health industry while completing an internship with Telethon.
She diverted from a potential career in marketing to complete a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE, and is now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
The individual finalists will join the recently announced organisational finalists at the awards presentation in September. Winners may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.
A list of finalists is attached.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Our training system provides Western Australians with a chance to change their future.
"It allows employers to upskill existing employees to address skills gaps as the State's economy grows and diversifies.
"The WA Training Awards shine a spotlight on the benefits of VET and inspire others to take advantage of the high-quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future."
Minister's office - 6552 5700
The WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Diego Correa Mendonca, South Metropolitan TAFE
Isabelle Croswell, Central Regional TAFE
Emily Davis, Power Training Services WA
Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA
Jazmin Hahn, Central Regional TAFE
Danny Hennessey-O'Shea, North Metropolitan TAFE
Rachel Knuckey, Illuminate Group
Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia
Elizabeth Gaffney, JSW Training and Community Services
Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
Hayden Schilling, South Metropolitan TAFE
Rebecca Thompson, South Metropolitan TAFE
The WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth
Claire Garcia-Webb, North Metropolitan TAFE
Jess Haydon, Australian Training Management Pty Ltd
Caris Jones, North Metropolitan TAFE
Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Courtney Garlett, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
Jannika Jacky, South Metropolitan TAFE
Tarra Ninyette, Illuminate Group
Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE
WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018
William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE
WA International Student of the Year 2018
Wang Na Cheung, North Metropolitan TAFE
Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
Roberto Rangel, North Metropolitan TAFE
Sonam Wangchuk, North Metropolitan TAFE
WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
Kate Moore, North Metropolitan TAFE
Richard Rose, North Regional TAFE
Taryn Sharp, North Metropolitan TAFE