Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Innovation and excellence driving WA Training Award winners

    13/09/2019 10:30 PM
    • 25 years of excellence in vocational education and training celebrated at the WA Training Awards
    • Spotlight on the State's future growth industry areas
    • Awards highlight achievements of apprentices, trainees, students and employers 

    Thirteen individuals and organisations scooped top honours at the Western Australian Training Awards tonight for their commitment to innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.


    The spotlight was on the State's key skill areas including building and construction, social assistance and allied health and STEM which took out the awards for WA Apprentice of the Year, WA International Student of the Year and WA Small Training Provider of the Year.


    After ten years in the oil and gas industry, WA Apprentice of the Year Anthony Di Cristofaro was ready for a change. He started an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back.


    A passionate advocate for mental health in the workplace, Mr Di Cristofaro now mentors and coaches younger apprentices and believes training is key to producing quality skilled workers who are resilient and confident in their abilities.


    Winner of the WA International Student of the Year Award, Dushica Poposki was employed as a nurse in Macedonia before relocating to Perth.


    Starting in aged care, she trained to work with patients with an acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she currently enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.


    Now in its 25th year, the WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, 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 Brisbane on November 21, 2019.


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:          


    "Training is central to supporting the growth and diversification of the Western Australian economy to meet new and emerging skill needs, particularly in key growth areas such as the social assistance and allied health sector.


    "This Government is working to ensure we stay ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future.


    "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 for their drive to achieve great things and their contribution to ensure a strong VET sector." 


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