- Best of the best recognised at WA Training Awards 2018
- Seven out of eight individual winners were women
- Awards highlight achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers
Twelve individual and organisational winners have been recognised as outstanding apprentices, trainees, students at last night's WA Training Awards 2018.
Women in vocational education and training (VET) were in the spotlight, winning seven of the eight individual categories.
Bassendean electrician Megan Feaver, who decided to take the leap into the male-dominated trade later in life, was named WA Apprentice of the Year 2018 at the event.
The South Metropolitan TAFE graduate has excelled since making the career change, securing a coveted Western Power apprenticeship and winning Western Power's Apprentice of the Year.
Already actively involved with the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries network, Megan aspires to lead and encourage women into non-traditional trades.
While women made up less than half of publicly funded enrolments in the VET sector in 2017, more than 70 per cent of the pool of WA Training Awards 2018 finalists were female.
The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers in the training sector.
Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on November 15, 2018.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"This year's WA Training Awards have shone a light on women excelling in STEM and non-traditional trades while making the most of the opportunities offered by WA's VET sector.
"The training system provides opportunities for people to change their lives - to take up their dream career, get a better pay packet and improve their skills.
"The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills.
"I congratulate all winners and finalists on their achievement - they are inspiring others to take advantage of WA's high-quality training sector, helping ensure WA has the skilled workforce it needs to fill the jobs of the future."
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WA TRAINING AWARDS 2018 WINNERS
The WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
After years of searching for her career, and with interests in electronics, Megan decided to undertake a pre-apprenticeship in the electrical trade. Megan has excelled since, securing a coveted Western Power apprenticeship, winning Western Power's Apprentice of the Year and discovering a joy for solving mathematical equations to successfully complete the Capstone assessment. Megan aspires to lead and encourage women into trades. She is already actively involved with the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries network to achieve this goal.
WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA
Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment. She credits the experience with increasing her confidence and dedication, and has seen her grades improve as a result. Caitlin has transferred her new skills, assisting with numerous school events. She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School's hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website.
WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia
Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
Needing a new challenge, the former hairdresser retrained to move into the corporate world. Beth secured a business traineeship at Western Power and achieved her Certificate III in Business while working full-time. Beth is an asset to her workplace, dedicating her time to activities that benefit organisational culture including her involvement in Western Power's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee, coordinating charity events and re-designing team communication tools.
WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth
Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlin did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role. Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon she enjoys seeing how children benefit from raised funds.
WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE
Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations. Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and take a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
WA International Student of the Year 2018
Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
Ananda decided to transform her passion for cooking into a career. Eager to get ahead Ananda volunteered at a City Beach restaurant to combine her training with industry experience. Ananda now works as a chef at the renowned Must Wine Bar and has even inspired her mother back in Brazil to go to cooking school. Ananda has plans to travel to Mozambique, where her father does missionary work, to teach the community about food wastage saving money.
WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018
William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE
At 11 years of age, William was taken from his village in Sudan to be trained as a child soldier in Ethiopia. When the Ethiopian Government was overthrown he walked thousands of kilometres alone to South Sudan, with little food and shelter, where he collected firewood to pay his school fees. For years, William worked as a labourer by day and studied by night while championing education and training opportunities to family, friends and troubled youths. Eventually William's journey brought him to Australia where he got married, worked as a security guard and studied both a Certificate III in English and Diploma in Security and Risk Management. He is a respected leader in the local African community and plans to continue his training pathway to study a Bachelor Degree of Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence.
WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
The Canning Vale College teacher champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. Crystle taught other teachers about using virtual and augmented reality programs to engage students creatively and students using digital evidence collection for presentations. As an indigenous Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student.
WA Employer of the Year 2018, sponsored CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Roy Hill, Perth Airport
Roy Hill is an integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara region. The business relies on an efficient, flexible, cost-effective and well trained workforce to meet business needs. In the past 12 months over 150 traineeships and apprenticeships were commenced at Roy Hill. The organisation is driven to give back to the community by offering genuine training and employment opportunities to Western Australians with limited or no mining experience, while upskilling existing employees.
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018
Central Regional TAFE - Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton
Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Midwest. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species.
With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.
Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.
WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018
Mental Health Commission - Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, Perth
The Mental Health Commission's Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since its commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.
WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018
North Metropolitan TAFE
North Metropolitan TAFE leverages its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. Delivering 40 per cent of WA's publicly funded Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and taking an active role in delivering priority industry qualifications is all part of this TAFE's planning for a skilled workforce.