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2018 Australian Training Awards – Commemorative Video


(upbeat tempo) (loud applause) – Ladies and gentlemen, will
you please be upstanding for our national anthem, to be performed this evening by Layla Al-Muhanna. ♪ Australians all, let us rejoice ♪ ♪ For we are young and free ♪ ♪ We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil ♪ ♪ Our home is girt by sea ♪ ♪ Our land abounds in nature’s gifts ♪ ♪ Of beauty rich and rare ♪ ♪ In history’s page, let every stage ♪ ♪ Advance Australia Fair ♪ ♪ In joyful strains now let us sing ♪ ♪ Advance ♪ ♪ Australia Fair ♪ – Bravo, thank you.
(loud applause) Ladies and gentlemen, please
put your hands together for Layla Al-Muhanna. Miss Al-Muhanna
(loud applause) is a trained vocalist
with a Diploma in Music, and what an impressive
performance to start the 2018 Australian Training Awards. I’d also like to make a very
special welcome this evening to our band, Zafra. Now, Zafra’s joining us from Sydney TAFE. The band consists of Music
Diploma students and Mr. Brown, a music teacher and coordinator
of musical performance with Sydney TAFE. Before I go any further
though, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to commence the
formal part of this evening by acknowledging the
traditional custodians of the land upon which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to
Elders past and present, and extend that respect to
all Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people here in our
room with us this evening. And it’s a great honor to
introduce Craig Madden, who is a local Gadigal man. Craig has spent the past
25 years working with the Aboriginal community
to help improve the lives of his people. Will you please warmly
welcome Mr. Craig Madden. (loud applause) – Thank you. Thank you, Tim. Good evening, everyone. My name is Craig Madden. Firstly, I’d like to thank the Department of Education and Training for inviting me here and
giving me the opportunity to welcome you all in the country. I’m a proud Gadigal Bangalang
man from the Eora Nation. Gadigal land is the land
that we stand on here today. Genuine Gadigal, this land,
this place is Gadigal. It is customary for Aboriginal
people to invite guests or welcome guests onto
our land or our country, so I’m extremely proud
to stand here before you as a Gadigal man, a member of the Metropolitan
Local Aboriginal Land Council, and welcome you onto Gadigal
land, Aboriginal land. The Gadigal clan is one of 29 clans which make up the Eora Nation, a nation that is bound by
three distinct landmarks. So, we’ve got the Hawkesbury
River to the north, the Nepean River out west, and
the Georges River down south. Within the confines of those mighty rivers lie the Eora Nation, and the Gadigal clan in
the land that we stand on of the Gadigal people here
today is one of those nations. If we have anybody who’s
traveled from across the seas today, welcome to Gadigal land. If you’ve traveled across this
beautiful country of ours, this magnificent state,
or this wonderful city, a warm and sincere welcome to
Gadigal land, Aboriginal land. If we have any Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal Torres Strait
Islander people here today, welcome to Gadigal land. To all our non-Aboriginal
people here today, a warm and sincere welcome to
Gadigal land, Aboriginal land. We stand on the shores
of our beautiful harbor at a place that our mob know as Tumbalong. We know it better as Darling Harbor, a place of great significance, a place that means plenty of seafood. My uncle, Alan, he reckons
it’s the best seafood joint in the country. So, look, I hope you enjoy the
Awards Ceremony here tonight. Congratulations to all those
that are receiving awards. On behalf of the Metropolitan
Local Aboriginal Land Council and our Gadigal mob, for those who are traveling home tonight, have a safe and trouble-free trip home, and once again, welcome, welcome, welcome. Thank you.
– Ah, thank you, Craig. (loud applause) Thank you so much, Craig. What a beautiful, beautiful welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 Australian Training Awards. My name is Tim Shaw and
I’m truly, truly honored and delighted to be
hosting these awards here in Sydney this evening.
(loud applause) To formally welcome us here, it’s a great pleasure
to welcome to the stage the New South Wales Assistant
Minister for Skills, the Honorable Adam Marshall, MP. He’ll provide us a
Welcome To Sydney address. He’s also the Minister for Tourism in the great state of
New South Wales and, wow, training and hospitality, it’s amazing. Sir, welcome.
(loud applause) – Thank you very much, Tim. Thank you very much, Craig, also, for your welcome to the country and I, too, would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians
of the lands upon which we gather tonight for
such an auspicious occasion, celebrating the best
of the best in training right across our great country. On behalf of the New
South Wales Government, it’s my great privilege
and pleasure to welcome every single one of you here tonight, to congratulate all of the winners in various states and territories, particularly Team New South
Wales winners here tonight, and good luck this evening, but to each and every one of you, you should be very proud
of what you’ve achieved. And tonight we’re celebrating
the Australian Training Awards in this beautiful International
Convention Center, 148 million dollar investment by the New South Wales
Government two years ago, and impressively, and more
appropriately for tonight, built by apprentices from New South Wales so that we can celebrate
your achievements tonight. (loud applause) I’m a great believer that brief is best. So, welcome on behalf of the
New South Wales Government. Have a cracker of an evening. Congratulations to you all and,
well, doubly congratulations to all of the winners who
will be announced tonight. We’re all incredibly proud of you. Well done.
– Well done, thanks, Minister. (loud applause) Thank you, Minister. What a beautiful building we’re in. It’s a great pleasure
now, ladies and gentlemen, to welcome to the stage
Senator the Honorable Michaelia Cash, Australian
Government Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills
and Vocational Education, to deliver the Opening Remarks. ♪ Takin’ care of business ♪
(loud applause) I think she is. Minister, welcome. – Tim has always said to me, Michaelia, when you get to those Training Awards, you’re going to be
singing karaoke with me. The good news is I was slightly late, Tim. So, unfortunately, that
part of the show tonight will have to wait for next year. But, ladies and gentlemen, can I just say, it is just an absolute
honor and a privilege to join you here tonight. Could I commence, though, by
acknowledging in particular my parliamentary colleagues, our host state tonight? The Honorable Adam Marshall, Adam, it’s fantastic to
be in the great state of New South Wales, but also
my colleague from Tasmania, the Honorable Jeremy Rockliff. Jeremy, it is also fantastic to have you here tonight. Can I also, though,
acknowledge our VET Alumni? I have met a number of you, and can I just say, congratulations? Tim, you are one of our VET Alumni. You exemplify everything that is good about why
we are here tonight. So, to our VET Alumni,
thank you so very much for joining us.
(loud applause) Can I also give a big
shout-out to our Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors? I am a big believer that
if you can’t see it, you can’t be it, and that is exactly why we have our Australian
Apprenticeship Ambassadors. They are role models to the
women and men in Australia. They showcase the best of the best, and they show you that if
you want it, you can have it. And so, to our Australian
Apprenticeship Ambassadors who are joining us here
tonight, thank you very much for everything that you do.
(loud applause) But, ladies and gentlemen, tonight, as has already been stated
by both Tim and Adam, it is all about our finalists. And I know that I am a Federal Minister, but, ladies and gentlemen, I am from the great state
of Western Australia. So, a great shout-out to
the Western Australians, but as a Federal Minister, may the best person from
the whatever-state win. But can I actually just get all of our finalists to stand up? I want the room to see you because tonight is about you!
(loud cheering and applause) A big well done, well done! (loud cheering, whistling and applause) Well done, the night is about you, and the fact that you are
finalists, even if you are not the ultimate winner in
your category tonight, the fact that you have been nominated, please know that on behalf
of the Australian Government, on behalf of my state
colleagues, we are just so very, very proud of you. When I was made the Minister for Skills and Vocational Education, I genuinely believed I
was probably being given one of the greatest privileges in life. One of my first interviews
was actually with Tim Shaw. And I remember walking into Tim’s studio, and he said to me, Michaelia,
are you going to the Logies? And I thought, ooh, this
is a pretty good gig, no, I don’t know, am I? And he was actually talking about tonight. That is how proud Tim is of
what he has achieved in his life but what you here tonight represent. You represent the very best of Australia. Our prosperity as a nation is built on our skilled workforce. And what does a vocational
education give us? It gives us exactly that,
the skilled workforce that has built our country
to quite frankly be the best country in the world, and that is down to the
people in this room tonight. Did you know that 25 years ago, 25 years ago, 1994, no, sorry, 1994, it was the first awards night. The first awards night was
actually held in Melbourne at the Flinders Park Tennis Center, and seven awards were presented. Jump forward, ladies
and gentlemen, to 2018, and look how far Vocational
Education and Training has come. The Grand Ballroom at the
International Convention Center in the great state of New
South Wales, and 25 awards, oh, 18, sorry. We’ll get to 25 one day, 18 awards are going to
be presented tonight. VET really has established itself as the center of Australian society. As your Minister, I want to leave you with a very, very clear message,
a very, very clear message. I believe that Vocational
Education and Training in Australia should be
seen as a first choice path for students leaving school. I believe
(loud cheering and applause) that Vocational Education and Training should be seen as a first choice for those who may be in the workforce but are thinking of
changing their careers. And I also believe that
Vocational Education and Training should be seen as a first
choice option for those who want to upskill
within their chosen field. The VET story in Australia is exceptional, it is inspirational. And so, to all of the
finalists here tonight, you are exceptional and you inspire, and I am just so honored
to have this opportunity to be with you tonight. Good luck. (loud cheering and applause) – Minister, fantastic words, and I’d like you to remain with me because we have a very
special first award. This is a Lifetime Achievement Award, and I understand, Minister, you are doing the honors.
– Ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement
Award recipient is Marie Persson.
(upbeat tempo) – [Narrator] In a Vocational
Education and Training career spanning 35 years, Marie
Persson has occupied government advisory roles at both
state and national level. Starting as a literacy
teacher, Marie rose to become a TAFE Director and
Deputy Director General in the New South Wales Government. Marie played a key role in promoting a technically skilled workforce able to meet the future needs of industry. Membership of the Skills Australia Board broadened Marie’s
groundbreaking influence, particularly as a tireless advocate for Indigenous Australians
and peoples from disadvantaged and non-English speaking backgrounds. With award recognition
of her skills and talents in Australia, Marie is also a past winner of the International Literacy Year medal and was the New South Wales
Telstra Business Woman of 2003. (loud applause and cheering) (mumbled chatter)
(upbeat tempo) – A very, very popular and
very, very important award. A wonderful accolade for such amazing achievements. Ladies and gentlemen, can we please congratulate
and hear from our Lifetime Achievement Award winner? – Thank you very much.
– Please, thank you. – Thank you.
(loud applause) Thank you very much. I’d like to start, as
well, by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land that we hold tonight’s function on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to
Elders past and present. Whenever I give an
acknowledgement to country, I am particularly proud
that I was one of the people who established the Eora College of TAFE, run by indigenous people
for indigenous students. (loud applause)
Thank you. I would also like to acknowledge
Minister Michaelia Cash as well as Minister Adam Marshall, and all other State Ministers
and members of parliament who have joined us tonight. It’s been a really big day for me. Earlier today, my fifth
grandchild was born. (loud cheering and applause)
(Marie laughs) Little Tom. And I have the rest of my
family and friends here tonight, and I’m delighted to have
so many colleagues here who have supported me
throughout my career. Sadly, my friend and mentor, Bert Evans, is not with us anymore, but
he would’ve been really proud. I’m not going to cry. (laughs) During the last 35 years,
I’ve worked in roles from the school classroom
to the boardroom. I have had the opportunity to work in a number of national roles. Some of you might remember
the Australian National Training Authority and the
Skills Australia Board. They were industry-led organizations at the forefront of education
and training in this country. The current, strong drive nationally for universities and Vocational
Education and Training to form a seamless tertiary
sector is to be encouraged, but the challenge for all of
us is to retain the uniqueness of industry at the heart of our decisions on current and emerging skills’ needs. And, of course, the apprentices that we saw standing up before, and the students and
finalists, are testimony to that excellence and that need. Mostly, however, it has been my great joy to spend most of my career
in TAFE New South Wales, an organization that, as one
founder said to me last night, well, not last night, last week, changes the lives of thousands
of people every year. I well remember running a
course for homeless youth in Sydney, and at the graduation ceremony, they presented me with a bunch of flowers. They had no money, they were the most marginalized
group in our society, but I have never, ever
forgotten how that felt, to be acknowledged by people,
and how their achievement, finishing a course, was
so important to them. One of my favorite roles that I had was Director of Sydney TAFE. With a number of colleagues here tonight, we led a major change
process to ensure TAFE was an efficient, responsive provider. The change process was not without turmoil and demonstrations. They were plentiful. At the time, I was responsible
for East Sydney Tech, one of Australia’s best known art schools. It’s now called the National Art School. Their demonstrations
consisted of very arty pieces, naked, young women
painted with gold glitter draping themselves around
the buildings of the CBD. It was an interesting experience. As many of you know, TAFE
began in this country in the late 19th Century, and I promise I’m not going
to go through the history. Sydney and Hobart,
however, still vie for who had the first TAFE. In the 21st Century, of
course, the world has changed. There are now numerous
for-profit private providers. Some, of course, have very ably enhanced our education world. Others have brought it into disgrace. For Australia to again have confidence that it has a world-class,
nationally consistent Vocational Education and Training system, we need to be clear about our mission to ensure every Australian, no matter what their financial
or other circumstances, has the ability to access quality learning for their fulfillment, employment, and for the skills, needs and
prosperity of the country. Although I support a well regulated, competitive training market, the vision for Vocational
Education and Training must not be by reducing public spending, regardless of the effect on the individual and the Australian economy. Finally, as Senator Cash said, tonight is about the fabulous
finalists and their families who have, in some cases,
surmounted all odds to achieve. Some are like the students I
once taught to read and write. Congratulations to all of you finalists on your achievements. Well done, and thank you again,
everybody, for this award. I am truly honored. Thank you.
(loud applause) – This way here and thank you, congratulations. If you stand over here,
take your award with you. – (laughing) Yeah, take
the award, it’s that way. – Five grandchildren, I can imagine that gets a bit busy, Marie. Congratulations to Marie Persson, and you have your award in your hand. Minister, a very important next award is the National Achievement Award, and in your hands you have the envelope. The winner is? – Ladies and gentlemen,
the winner of the 2018 National Achievement Award recipient is Jennie Barrera. (loud applause)
(lively music) – [Narrator] For over
40 years, Jennie Barrera has been an inspirational
and innovative teacher, leader and community advocate, supporting the most vulnerable members of Victoria’s community to
transition into real careers. Jennie commenced working
at the Wyndham Community and Education Center in
Melbourne South-West in 1994 as a language, literacy
and numeracy (LLN) teacher. Rising to Chief Executive Officer in 2007, Jennie implements Vocational
Education and Training courses in LLN, Early Childhood
Education and Digital Literacy. Her work led to the establishment of the Wyndham Humanitarian
Network in 2005 of which she is the Chair, driving humanitarian
programs for refugees, migrants and other disadvantaged groups in Melbourne and beyond. – Thank you very much. I’d also like to acknowledge the Honorable Ministers here tonight, and thank you, Craig, for
your welcome to Gadigal land. I appreciate that, having
traveled from interstate. It’s really an honor to be here tonight. It was an absolute honor to
have even been considered for this award, let alone to have been named as the national recipient for 2018. It’s true to say, really, that
education has been my life. As a child, I recognized very early that education was my key to closing
the door to disadvantage and opening the door to a different future and a better future, and being an educator, as an adult, was all that I ever wanted to do. I started just a bit more than
40 years ago, in the ’70s, and my first job was
teaching men in prison, teaching them literacy and numeracy, and I saw firsthand,
that was my first job, so I had a very early eyeopening to the link between offending and poor literacy. I then went on to work with new arrivals who were new to this country
in the late ’70s and ’80s, and I saw how the importance
of vocational education and being able to speak
the language was important to integrating well and to
settling in a new place. And for the last 25 years,
I’ve been in Wyndham, in the outer west of Melbourne, working in Vocational
Education and Training with young people who are marginalized and very vulnerable adults. So, every day I get to see
the transformative power of education and how it
improves people’s lives, how it helps individuals not only to develop knowledge and skills but also how to develop personally, and how to take an active role in determining their own futures and, often, changing the futures of people within their own
families and extended networks. I feel privileged because
I love the work I do, and I’m grateful to receive this honor. By honoring me, I think you
highlight the vital role that vocational education
plays across our society. So, to all the educators in the room and those nominated tonight,
congratulations to you. Never doubt how critically
important you are in people’s lives, never stop the pursuit of
excellence in your vocation, and I hope for you that
even if you have half of the satisfaction
and joy that a lifetime in education has given me,
I wish that for all of you. Thank you. (loud applause)
(loud chatter) – This way, beautiful speech, thank you so much, Jennie. National Achievement, a
remarkable recognition. Before I ask Minister Cash to present the School Pathways to VET Award, I want to make a special acknowledgement to last year’s winner
who is in the audience with us this evening, Jane Milburn, from the Southern
Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centers. Welcome, Jane, it’s great to have you back here in Sydney tonight.
(loud applause) Let’s have a look at
these three remarkable sets of finalists, ladies and gentlemen, in the School Pathways to VET Award.
(rhythmic beat) – [Narrator] In 2011, a
growing need for tradespeople persuaded four local
high schools to establish the Sunshine Coast Technical
Trade Training Center. Since then, over 400 local employers have hosted its students for
structured workplace learning, with 82% of 2017 graduates
employed or taking further Vocational Education and Training. With its unique one-day-a-week model of student work placements,
Busselton Senior High School now has 75% of its
senior students enrolled in Vocational Education and
Training qualifications. With the support of its dedicated and highly qualified staff, the school’s engaging
program’s achieved a 100% attainment rate in 2017. With around half of its students beyond compulsory education
age, and drawn from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, Edward John Eyre High School’s
broad range of curriculum and Vocational Education
and Training programs provides its students with a
flexible and effective path to further education and employment. – Three remarkable finalists, Sunshine Coast Technical
Trade Training School, Busselton Senior High
School, Western Australia, and Edward John Eyre High
School, South Australia. Minister, you have the envelope. – I do, I do.
– And the winner is? – And the winner, ladies and gentlemen, of the 2018 School
Pathways to VET Award is Busselton Senior High School. (laughs) (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) (mumbled chatter) – Wow. (laughs) Firstly, thanks very much
to our school administration who support our VET and recognize VET as a
really important part of our offerings at
Busselton Senior High School. Our wonderful team of
trainers and assessors, who work tirelessly and
are totally dedicated to what they do, and our parents
who support us and trust us to add value to the students
that they send to us, thank you all, and thanks
to our wonderful employers that support our program.
– Hear, hear! (loud cheering and applause) – Congratulations to
Busselton Senior High School. Just a wonderful, wonderful recognition. A great state, too, of Western Australia. Please thank all our
winners and finalists, please, ladies and gentlemen.
(loud cheering and applause) Minister, a really important award, this one, the Australian
Apprenticeships – Employer Award. Some great finalists, let’s have a look. (bubbly beat) – [Narrator] Leading the way
in early childhood education and care, Affinity Education
Group delivers online learning, industry training and
on-the-job assessment for its three thousand plus educators. Launching its Learning Academy in 2017, Affinity structures the
professional development of its future educators through inspiring and
nurturing indikiduality, bringing the magic of kids
into everything they do. Focused on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization, Siemens Australia’s Advanced
Apprenticeship Program is reinventing the way
apprenticeships and traineeships are delivered by developing
advanced technical skills together with valuable,
real-world capabilities such as communications, sales
and problem-solving abilities. Assetlink delivers
integrated facility services that assist businesses to
manage their assets, operations, and carry out major and minor projects. To produce the best trained and qualified people in its industry, Assetlink adopts a
blended learning approach, providing all trainees with
a combination of online, face-to-face and on-the-job learning. Continually evolving its
approach to training delivery, Assetlink achieves completion
rates of around 90%. – Ministers, you have the
envelope, the winner is? – Tim, I have the envelope and the winner of the 2018 Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award is Siemens Ltd. (upbeat tempo)
(loud cheering and applause) (upbeat tempo) – And, Minister, it is so
great to have our last year’s winner with us this evening,
and it is just great to know Angela Coker
from SA Power Networks and the 2017 winner in this
category is here tonight, but a very, very congratulatory
message from our finalists. But our winner tonight, Siemens, please. (loud applause) – Okay. Thank you very much. I’ll just summarize,
distinguished guests, all, and there are so many, all the employers, all educators, all people who invest in their
own futures as being trained, and I’d like to also thank,
of course, the other finalists and everybody who were actually
nominated for this award. Siemens is a large organization globally, but we do believe there
is such a thing happening as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We’re not afraid of it. We believe that it
actually creates more jobs, not less jobs, but
they’ll be different jobs. What’s necessary, though, to face that Fourth Industrial
Revolution, is skills. And if there’s one thing
that we all need to be doing to prepare for that is
skills, skills, skills, and this room understands
exactly what I mean. And the sorts of things that
we have tried to achieve in this particular apprenticeship program is to deliver the sorts
of skills that are needed for that future world, and to
try to break down the barriers that exist sometimes when some parts of the education environment say, “But our job is not to
provide job-ready skills.” We don’t quite see it that way, there’s a role for many
types of education, and that’s what we actually
had in mind when we did this. So, I’d like to congratulate, firstly, all of our apprentices who are over in the corner over there. Can I hear from you, thank you? (loud applause) And end off by thanking the Minister for supporting these awards,
it’s a wonderful thing. Thank you. – [Minister Cash] Well done!
(loud applause) – Minister, and congratulations
to Affinity Education Group, of course, Assetlink
and Siemens as finalists and Siemens as the winner. Thank you, Minister Cash. We’re going to see you
again just after the entrée to assist with the
presentation of more awards. Please join me again in
congratulating our recipients. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your entrées and we’ll be back with
more awards after that. Thank you.
(loud applause) Ladies and gentlemen, give
it up for our wonderful band here this evening, really entertaining us, and you’re going to have a
great time dancing with Zafra a little later on this evening. I do hope you’re enjoying your entrées and this wonderful event tonight, and it’s so great for
colleagues and friends, previous winners and finalists, meeting in the room this evening. If you could take your
seats, ladies and gentlemen, we will commence and recommence
our awards this evening. As Minister Cash makes
her way back to the stage, can we please give a very warm
welcome and round of applause to Mr. Chris Lehmann, owner
of Tradesmen On Time, the 2017 winner of this category? A wonderful, wonderful category,
and he’s in the audience this evening.
(loud cheering and applause) Minister, welcome back. – Thank you very much. – The Small Employer of the Year, wow. Small and family enterprises, more than seven million
Australians going to work tomorrow, working in Australian small business, and a round of applause
for every small businessman and woman in the room!
(loud cheering and applause) And for the seven million plus family and small business operators and staff members that
are working for them, it is just great. Some incredible finalists
in this category. Minister, you’re ready. Let’s have a look who they are. (bubbly beat) – [Narrator] Founded in 2012, Spencer Constructions has grown
from a one-person business to an enterprise currently
employing 14 staff. With 80% of its tradespeople
currently undertaking nationally accredited training, it credits its very
low staff turnover rate to its strategic staff
development and succession plan. For Carol Rees, training her Caj Hair
and Beauty Studio staff to engage with their clients while offering them experience, fashion, style and treatment advice
has paid handsome dividends. Today, Caj, in the heart of Hobart, is a thriving business,
employing 19 staff, of which six are apprentices. Canberra-based painting
and decorating business, Rick Maier Paint Plus, has
been in operation for 12 years. Over that time, owner Rick
Maier has trained and employed nine Australian apprentices,
all of whom have graduated with the skills required
for a successful career in the painting industry. Together, Rick and his
team have won multiple industry commendations and awards. – Some remarkable
finalists, hey, Minister? Spencer Constructions from
the great state of Queensland, Caj Hair and Beauty Studio from Tasmania, the great state of Tasmania, and Rick Maier from Rick Maier
Paint Plus, just fantastic. The envelope, Minister.
– Okay. Thank you, Tim.
(loud cheering and applause) And, ladies and gentlemen, as the Minister for Small
and Family Business, I am absolutely delighted
to announce that the 2018 Small Employer of the Year Award goes to Spencer Constructions in Queensland! (upbeat tempo)
(loud cheering and applause) (mumbled chatter) – Your Christian name. – So, I’m Benjamin Thomas Spencer. I’m the Owner and Director
of Spencer Constructions, based in Queensland. Look, firstly I’d like to
thank the Australian Government and the Australian Training Awards for what has so far been a
pretty extravagant event. They’ve made us feel very
welcome the last couple of days. I’d also like to thank
the Queensland Government, the Queensland Training Awards, in their pathway to get us here. A big thank you to our staff. They’ve been very, very
receptive of the training we’ve tried to, tried to do
over the last couple of years, and without them, we would not be here. We are a family-owned business. My wife works in the business, my mother works in the business, and my father, Stuart here,
works in the business. (loud cheering and applause) But my biggest thank you of all tonight actually goes to my father, Stuart. Without him, we would not be here. He’s put in countless hours,
he’s been in there early, he’s been in there late
the last few weeks, and without him, we wouldn’t be here. So, it’s a real privilege
to get this award, but this award is for him. So, thank you very much. (loud applause and cheering) – Congratulations and well done, and, Minister, thank you so much for presenting these awards with us. You will be back up on stage. It’s my great pleasure
to welcome to the stage Jeremy Rockliff, the
Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training, who is with us here this evening. Sir, it’s a pleasure to welcome you, and a very important category, the Medium Employer of the Year Awards. Let’s have a look at
the wonderful nominees and recognize David Greaves
from Darwalla Group, our 2017 winner. Let’s have a look at the finalists. (bubbly beat) – [Narrator] Selling and
servicing light vehicles and agricultural equipment to more than five thousand customers, Wickham Flower attributes its excellent customer satisfaction to a consistent and committed investment in training and developing its staff to deliver quality service and products. Delivering information
technology solutions and services to Northern Territory businesses, NEC designs employee training that ensures exceptional service delivery. Over any given month,
98% of NEC’s workforce is in some form of training,
contributing to staff turnover of below 1% per annum. Investing in Australian apprenticeships underlines North Construction
& Building’s commitment to staff development
and long-term careers. Its quality work and
workforce is recognized in multiple industry awards, including the Master Builders
Association of Newcastle’s 2017 Commercial Builder of the Year as well as the 2018 Commercial
Apprentice of the Year, won by its employee, Nelson Florimo. – Fantastic finalists in this category, Wickham Flower, NEC Australia and North Construction & Building. Deputy Premier, you have the envelope. Can you tell us the winner? – I can indeed, Tim,
and welcome, everyone, distinguished guests,
and Michaelia and Adam, and to all our finalists this evening, and what a wonderful event to celebrate Vocational Education and Training. And it’s my particular
pleasure to announce the winner of the 2018 Medium
Employer of the Year Award is North Construction &
Building (Pty) Ltd., well done! (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Please have a photo taken as winners and then we will get you
to give us some remarks, but our winner for the 2018
Australian Training Award’s Medium Employer of the Year,
North Construction & Building. Please come and have a few words. Sir, tell us your name and
your position in the company. – So, I’m Tim Cornish, the
Managing Director of North’s, and we’re very humbled to win this, particularly when
we consider the competitors we were up against, so congratulations to these guys as well, and thanks to the judges, but particularly thanks to our team. We’ve got an incredible team of people who are passionate about training, passionate about developing staff that differentiate our
business from the industry, and so, we thank our staff. We’ve got some of our
apprentices here tonight who’ve won individual awards, and particularly I want to
thank Nicole and John and Grant for the role they take in
training all of our people. So, thanks to our team and congratulations to
everyone else tonight. – Well done, thank you.
(loud applause) Congratulations, and a big
shout-out to the apprentices there at North Construction & Building. Minister, you’re staying with me because we have a very,
very important award. This really is remarkable, the 2018 Large Employer of the Year Award. Great finalists, let’s
look at who they are. (upbeat tempo) – [Narrator] In producing Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks,
up-to-the-minute technology in everything from software to assembly is vital for the growth
of PACCAR Australia. By addressing a crucial skills shortage, Kenworth has partnered
with Chisholm Institute to turn its unskilled
operators into spray painters. Relying on an efficient
and well-trained workforce, Roy Hill invests heavily in
Australian apprenticeships, commencing over 150 in the past 12 months. While upskilling existing employees, the company also offers
training and employment to Western Australians with
little or no mining experience. Since opening in late 2016, ICC Sydney has delivered over 1100 events and welcomed two million
delegates and attendees. Its investment in Vocational Education and Training for its staff
across a range of occupations in hospitality, events, security and information technology fields has underpinned its ability to operate to world-class standards as well as ensuring rewarding
careers for its people. – Fantastic finalists there as
Large Employers of the Year. Deputy Premier, please. – Thank you very much, Tim,
and the winner of the 2018 Large Employer of the Year
Award is PACCAR Australia. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Well done. Sir, please. Your name and position details, thank you. – Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. My name is Andrew Hadjikakou, I’m the Managing Director
of PACCAR Australia, and what a thrill. Firstly, I’d like to thank
the Australian Government for providing these awards
and recognizing the importance of vocational training in Australia. I also wanted to thank our HR team for their professionalism
in delivering great training to our organization. You may not know PACCAR Australia, but you probably do know Kenworth trucks. There’s been a lot of
talk about the demise of the automotive industry
here in Australia, but PACCAR is alive and
well, and for 50 years, we’ve been making, engineering
and manufacturing trucks in the suburb of Bayswater in Victoria. Over the next five years, we’ve got a very ambitious undertaking to expand our plant and our
product development program. This award is for our
wonderful, wonderful employees, recognizing their skills for
the products that we make, and I’m proud to say Kenworth trucks are a strain made by world’s best. Thank you very much.
(loud applause) – Congratulations. Thank you so much. Just great to see these large employers doing such a great job in this space, and those opportunities. Minister, a really interesting category, and I love this, Industry Collaboration. Let’s have a look at our finalists. (bubbly beat) – [Narrator] The Mabel Park
State High School Health Hub is a unique collaboration
of 14 secondary schools in the Logan region
together with organizations in the Vocational Education
and Training industry and government sectors
resulting in a world-class school-to-work transition program. Students are able to access
nationally recognized training, work experience and
employment opportunities in an industry experiencing
a shortage of skilled people. Central Regional TAFE,
in collaboration with several environmental
conservation stakeholders, is working to protect and
restore key ecosystems in the Midwest region
of Western Australia. With integrated, nationally
recognized training programs, students gain real-world
experience on high priority environmental conservation
projects which impacts employers, the community and the environment. Giving secondary school
students comprehensive insight into the operations of all
three of its major services, the Northern Territory Police,
Fire and Emergency Services Cadet Program is run over two years, providing formal qualifications in community engagement and business, and contributes to each cadet’s final Certificate of
Education and Training and Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. – Some wonderful collaboration there, and last year’s winner,
and so good to see, Mary Faraone there, the CEO
of Holmesglen Institute. Here, Holmesglen Institute and Futuretech, the winners in 2017. Minister, you have the
envelope, here is the award, and our winner is? – Thank you, Tim, it’s
my pleasure to announce the winner of the 2018 Industry
Collaboration Award is to Integrated Training and
Biodiversity Conservation. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Just a great achievement there and I also would just like to recognize, after our wonderful winner
in the previous category, from Hutchinson Builders, Alan Waldron is here with us this evening. Alan, welcome back, and, of course, winner of the Large
Employer of the Year Award in 2017, and back with us now for 2018. Let’s congratulate and
welcome to the microphone our wonderful winners for
Collaboration, please. (loud cheering and applause)
Your name, sir, and your, yes, please, your position. – Thank you, Tim. Can I first of all thank the
Australian Training Awards for making this evening possible
and, of course, recognizing our West Australian
Government for their awards? I’d also like to congratulate our colleagues on the stage now. We had the pleasure of meeting the other finalists last night and the fact that we won this
award says something about how good we are ’cause
they’re absolutely fantastic. So, thank you, yeah.
(applause) I’d like to acknowledge,
of course, our partners. This award is all about working together with industry partners. The reason this program is so successful is because we harness the
expertise and the skills of six other organizations
to partner together to put real-life projects in
place to look after sensitive biodiversity and ecosystems. Our students then use that
vehicle to get on ground, realistic training, and they’re job-ready. It’s what TAFE’s all about. Thanks very much. – Well done.
– Thank you. (loud cheering and applause) – Thank you. Our next award is the 2018
Small Training Provider of the Year Award and, wow,
the great trainers that we have and registered training organizations, but a great training provider. Let’s have a look at the finalists. (bubbly beat) – [Announcer] Offering
world-class training to apprentice and traineeships, the Institute of Culinary
Excellence provides its students with tuition from some of the
world’s best chef teachers. In purpose-filled training kitchens, its individualized
approach supports the needs of both its students and their workplace. PEER is a non-profit, industry-based, registered training and
group training organization delivering nationally
accredited training packages to meet South Australia’s
skilled development needs. PEER began in 1985 and has
trained 48 thousand people, including more than three
thousand apprentices with a 90% completion rate. To provide the most innovative
educational technology, EdTech and training available,
Wisdom Learning employs its management system and
educational technicians to engage their students in
digital and online learning, giving them the most effective resources to inspire, create, learn,
challenge, innovate and grow. – Great no&minees in this category in the finalists you see before you. The Institute of Culinary
Excellence, Queensland, PEER, South Australia,
Wisdom Learning in the ACT, and the winner, Minister, is? – And the winner of the
2018 Small Training Provider of the Year Award is PEER. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Thank you. My name’s Peter Nolan
and I’m the CEO of PEER. Firstly, thank you to the
Australian Government. The last two days here have
exceeded all my expectations, it’s been absolutely fantastic
meeting all the finalists and attending these awards tonight. Thank you to all the staff at
PEER for all their hard work. We’ve got Phil Dodd here,
Principal Trainer, and Demi Hoppo have been tremendous contributors, but there’s a lot of
people back in Adelaide that have undertaken a lot of work over the last couple of years. Two years ago we set the vision to become Australia’s leading learning organization. We’ve revolutionized
student-centered learning, we have developed a
high-performance PEER Academy, and we’ve now developed
an online, interactive communication portal for
students and employers that’s unique in Australia. Thank you very much.
(loud applause and cheering) – Congratulations, and can I recognize also our winner for 2017 here with us this evening, and it is wonderful to know
that the support is there from the entire industry, and well done to PEER. The 2018 International Training
Provider of the Year Award has been acknowledging, of course, last year’s winners in the audience, but last year’s winner is
also this year’s finalist. So, a massive congratulations
to Holmesglen Institute, their CEO, Mary Faraone, who’s obviously doing some great things. Why don’t we meet all
of our finalists now? (lively music) – [Narrator] Working with
students from more than 80 countries and global institutional, industry and government partners, TAFE Queensland offers over
500 industry-relevant courses, from Entry Level Certificates
to Bachelor Degrees, delivering real employment
opportunities for graduates, both in Australia and internationally. With over one thousand enrollments per more than 50 countries in 2017, and transnational partners
delivering a wide range of locally needed and
sought after qualifications, Box Hill Institute Group
has over 10 thousand international graduates, making
significant contributions in their home countries
and around the world. Holmesglen Institute
has a strong reputation for excellence in international education, with students from 160 countries speaking over 130 languages. Its international students
represent 23% of its enrollments, and its educational and
commercial partnerships are flourishing throughout
China, Indonesia, Mongolia and Qatar. – Three great finalists, TAFE Queensland, well
done, TAFE Queensland, Box Hill Institute, Victoria, and Holmesglen Institute in Victoria. Minister, you have the envelope. – And thank you, Tim. The winner of the 2018
International Training Provider of the Year Award is Box Hill Institute Group, congratulations! (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Take your place, thank you. – Well, first of all,
I’d like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora
Nation and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and other indigenous people
that are here tonight. Well, we’re very shocked, we
didn’t expect this at all. We’re very humbled to win
this very prestigious award. I would like to acknowledge
all our transnational educators and all our educators back
on our home soil as well for the amazing work that they do. Another acknowledgment, a fellow exec, Stewart Humphreys-Gray,
who does a lot of work with bringing some really
interesting international projects to Box Hill, and we’re
really excited about the things we are doing
out in the global space. So, yeah, thank you very much,
and we feel very honored. Thank you, thank you.
– Congratulations, Box Hill. Thank you and congratulations, Box Hill. That is just a great achievement. As winners of the 2018
International Training Provider of the Year Award, that is great. Just before we break for our main course, let’s move on now to our final Registered Training Organization Award. It’s the 2018 Large Training Provider of the Year Award. But can I also acknowledge
here tonight Mr. Darren Gray of the Gordon Institute? The 2017 winner in this
category, he’s here with us. Well done to you last year, Darren. Who of these three remarkable finalists will be the 2018 winner? Let’s have a look. (lively beat) – [Narrator] Ranked highest
in the Victorian TAFE sector for student and employer satisfaction, Wodonga Institute of TAFE’s combined focus on innovation and quality ensures accessible Vocational
Education and Training to diverse and geographically
disparate learners. In 2017, it delivered 3.1 million student
contact hours and accepted over eleven thousand, three
hundred and seventy enrollments. Providing accessible, contemporary, industry-relevant
training for its students, North Metropolitan TAFE has developed a wide variety of learning
pathways and skills to secure the jobs of the
future, delivering 40% of Western Australia’s
publicly-funded diplomas and actively developing priority
industry qualifications. As a center of excellence
in design education, with over 60 courses from career
entry to Bachelor Degrees, TAFE New South Wales’ Design Center Enmore combines studio-based and applied learning with industry engagement
projects, including internships, sponsorships and industry-identified
skills gap training. – Three very worthy finalists, ladies and gentlemen,
a great effort there. Wodonga Institute, of course, from Victoria, the North Metropolitan
TAFE, Western Australia, and TAFE New South Wales. Deputy Premier, the winner is? – And the winner, Tim, of the
2018 Large Training Provider of the Year Award is
Wodonga Institute of TAFE. Congratulations, Wodonga! (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Please, your name and your
position, thank you very much. – Wow, thank you very much,
this is so exciting. (laughs) I’m Allison Jenvey and I’m
so very proud right now to be the Chair of the Board of the
Wodonga Institute of TAFE. I’d like to acknowledge
our fellow finalists. We had a ball with them last
night at the Finalist Dinner. I feel like we’re all good
friends and, you know, I think we’re all worthy,
worthy of winning. Wodonga TAFE certainly accepts
this award with great pride and, you know, we’re
going to go on out there and continue doing what we do well, and that is working with our community and the wider community, and making sure that all of
our learners are successful in what they do and how they go forward. We’re certainly going
to be building on our already good staff
satisfaction and student, I had to get that in for
Mark, student satisfaction, it’s fantastic. Just if you don’t mind indulging
me for a moment because, you know, I think one of the
strengths of Wodonga TAFE is our culture, our inclusive culture, and a big part of that is
our fabulous leader here, Mark Dixon. So, I want to acknowledge
the great work that he does. Our absolutely amazing team,
so make some noise over there, you lot in the back corner. (loud cheering, whistling and applause) You know, what they do for our
students each and every day, it’s just an absolute pleasure
for me to be a part of it. Thank you to the
Australian Training Awards, the Department of Education. We’re absolutely thrilled,
thank you very much. (loud applause)
– Fantastic, thank you. – Thank you.
– Congratulations. Congratulations to
Wodonga Institute of TAFE, the 2018 Large Training
Provider of the Year Award. Will you also please thank
very, very much the Honorable Jeremy Rockliff, MP, the
Deputy Premier of Tasmania, Minister for Education and
Training, the great state, the great island state of Tasmania. It is so great to see you all here. Please enjoy your main courses, and some wonderful awards,
some great celebrations ahead, individual achievement, here at the 2018
Australian Training Awards. It is getting to the
pointy end of the night, enjoy your main courses,
back with you after that. Thank you. (lively beat) Ladies and gentlemen,
please continue to enjoy your main courses and great conviviality. Minister Cash will be up
with me in a few minutes and we’ll be joined here on stage by a wonderful, wonderful winner from 2017. Kathrin Colgan will join
Minister Cash with me on stage in just a moment. Ladies and gentlemen, some
very, and can I please thank Pauline and Julie. Pauline and Julie are delivering
our wonderful sign language here this evening, and don’t
we celebrate that language, ladies and gentlemen?
(loud applause and cheering) Thank you, Pauline,
and thank you to Julie. Ladies and gentlemen, 2,200 nominations received
nationwide this year for these awards, hundreds of
state and territory judges, 63 of those were judging
at the national level. I want to give special
thanks to the judges who selected the 78
finalists we honor tonight from industry stakeholders, government, and let’s not forget our
2017 winners and finalists. Many of our judges are with us tonight. They all volunteer. Australians, we’re the
greatest volunteers. All these judges have
volunteered their time to read, ponder, interview, deliberate,
and select the finalists, runners-up and winners. This is such a challenging
task, many, many hours involved, and I have been informed it’s not easy. Please join me in thanking
all of our wonderful judges here tonight.
(loud applause) Can we recognize our 2018 mentors? Rory Smeaton, the 2010
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Claire McLeary, the 2017
Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year, from the great
state of Western Australia. (loud cheering and applause) Jordan Cahill, the 2017 Australian Apprentice
of the Year runner-up. And these mentors were on hand at the 2018 Australian Training Awards to assist the student finalists to make the most of the
opportunity afforded them for this wonderful Finalist
Week as they transition to great Ambassadors for this sector. And you’ve seen listed in your program, and make sure you do take it
home, and refer to it tonight, the state and territory Training
Awards receive sponsorship from over 70 organizations. Will you please thank every
one of those 70 sponsors and organizations?
(loud cheering and applause) And those sponsors are
helping at the grassroots, and without them, there’d be no transition into the national stage. Just wonderful, the team here tonight. Let’s move on to presenting the first of the individual awards
for Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice. To assist with the presentation
for the next three awards, please welcome back to
the stage Minister Cash, and joining Minister Cash is the 2017 Excellence in Language,
Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award winner, Kathrin Colgan.
(loud applause) Welcome back.
– Thank you. – It’s great to see you.
– It’s gone quick again. – Thank you so much.
– You’re next to, you know. – (laughing) I know it now. – Ladies and gentlemen, great categories, Excellence in Language,
Literacy and Numeracy Practice. Look at these amazing nominees. (bubbly music) – [Narrator] Over a long
and distinguished career, Beverley Proudfoot has
constantly broadened and refined her own linguistic education
to enhance the language skills and career prospects to a diverse range of special needs students,
including adult migrants, and particularly those of a
non-English speaking background. Senior Lecturer, Lidia Lipkiewicz, has been working with
students with low language, literacy and numeracy
levels for over 20 years, and now, as an English as a
Second Language Specialist, Lidia focuses on innovative methods to teach English to migrant job seekers. Lidia has helped hundreds
of students gain the skills and confidence essential to
move into satisfying careers. With 15 years professional
experience in adult language, literacy and numeracy training, Kathryn Von Bergen has
successfully blended the needs and skills of her staff to develop more cohesive
student groups with teachers who work in unison to develop
the best possible teaching and outcomes for their students. – What three fantastic finalists and, Minister, you have the
envelope, and the winner is? – Ladies and gentlemen,
the winner of the 2018 Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award is Lidia Lipkiewicz! (loud cheering and applause)
(soothing music) – Right there.
(loud chatter) Congratulations to Lidia
Lipkiewicz from South Australia. What a fabulous achievement. Please, Lidia, come and say a few words. (mumbled chatter and laughter) (loud cheering and applause)
You are wonderful. Take your time, take your time. – I’ll get there. (laughs) So many Australians don’t
have the language, literacy and numeracy skills, nor the confidence, to move from a position of I can, no, I can’t to a position of I can. That’s why I and my
colleagues do what we do. Congratulations to all the finalists, and in particular, my
co-finalists, you are awesome. (loud applause) Thank you to the Australian Government, the Australian Training Awards team, the Training and Skills
Commission, South Australia, TAFE SA,
(loud cheering and applause) and I know this is a bit cliché, but without my husband’s support, I would not be here.
– Hear, hear! That’s fantastic.
(loud cheering and applause) – And just to finish off, hashtag, real schools for
real careers. (laughs) I haven’t finished, hashtag, South Australia, hashtag, Crows. (laughs) (loud laughter and applause) – Congratulations, Lidia. Hashtag, you’re a superstar. Ladies and gentlemen, give
her a big round of applause. Congratulations, Lidia.
(loud cheering and applause) Minister, we have eight finalists for each of the next six
individual awards, and guess what? We’re delivering a runner-up
as well as a winner. To assist with this incredible category of the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year, I’d also like to invite to the
stage Miss Jane Goodfellow, the 2017 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Welcome back, Jane, go and
stand with the Minister. Great to have you back, and let’s have a look at
our wonderful nominees in this category, the finalists
for VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award. (bubbly music) – [Narrator] For Leanne Morgan, developing learning resources
tailored to the needs of her nursing students
has markedly improved their learning outcomes. Using storytelling as a delivery strategy allows her students to
conceptualize course content, leading to better application
of knowledge and skills in the workplace. For Wendy Lever-Henderson,
the teaching of certificates in community services and case management is as much about the
student’s personal development as it is about their knowledge and skills, and she aims to inspire her students to have a positive impact
on other people’s lives. As a performing arts and
creative industries trainer for over 20 years, Crystle Challinger uses
innovative techniques such as virtual and
augmented reality programs to engage her students. As an Indigenous
Australian, Crystle believes structured alternatives to
traditional methods of learning can help students work
better, express their ideas, and showcase their culture and abilities. After seven years as a technical trainer for General Motors, Holden, and now Training and Development
Manager at CMI Toyota, Darren Quinn uses that
accumulated experience in supporting the
development of 45 trainees and apprentices, aiming
to improve the access and quality of training
available for all learners. For Virginia Ennals,
connecting young migrants and refugee students
to their place of study and the wider community
is crucial in building their career prospects
and sense of belonging. In realizing that goal,
she’s helped establish the Young Migrant Education
Program at TasTAFE, where she now teaches. For Chrissy Zelley, delivering
her Early Childhood Education and Care courses over a vast
territory is difficult enough, but her real challenge
is some of her students who only speak English
as a fourth language. By developing truly
trusting relationships, Chrissy has encouraged her students to persevere and succeed. Delivering welding and
metal fabrication skills to apprentices and
community welding classes, Evan Street’s flexible
training environment allows self-paced learning and project-based self-assessment. Using the latest welding technology, Evan’s courses give his students instant performance feedback. With a wealth of training and entertainment industry experience acquired over 13 years,
Belinda Maudson has leveraged her professional
relationships within the film, television, theater and events industry to deliver the skills,
support and opportunities students need to achieve and succeed. – Wonderful finalists. Our runner-up in this category to be presented by Jane Goodfellow, Jane. – Thank you so much. I’m so excited to present
this award, and the runner-up of the 2018 VET Teacher/Trainer
of the Year Award is Darren Quinn.
– Thank you. (upbeat tempo)
(loud cheering and applause) – Well done, Darren, and, Minister, I have your envelope here for our winner, our wonderful winner of VET
Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Can you please announce? – I can, Tim. Ladies and gentlemen, the
2018 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award winner is Crystle Challinger. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Wow! On the walk up here I
realized I forgot my speech, but I thought it didn’t matter because I (laughing)
wasn’t going to win, so, because the rest of my
finalists are so amazing. So, I’m going to do the best I can without my speech in front of me. I really want to thank the
Australian Training Awards. I’d also like to thank the
West Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development
for being so supportive. Alisha, who is our support
person here, is amazing. I would like to thank,
wholeheartedly, my Principal, Paul Bottcher, who’s flown
over to see me tonight. I’d like to thank my VET
Coordinator, Julie Govorko, my Head of Department, Erin Robertson, and also for the support from
Indy and from my mum, who I love very dearly, who
couldn’t be here tonight, but thank you very much.
(loud cheering and applause) – Darren and Crystle, congratulations, and well done to our finalists. And thank you, Jane,
for being here as well. Minister, please stay with me. Our next award, the Vocational
Student of the Year Award, unfortunately last year’s
winner, Rachelle Boyle, can’t be with us tonight. She sends her apologies and her very best. I’d like to invite to the
stage Miss Suzanne Brandstater, the 2017 winner of the
National Achievement Award, to assist with this presentation. Welcome back, Suzanne. Let’s meet our finalists
from right around Australia, ladies and gentlemen,
the Vocational Student of the Year Award. (upbeat tempo) – [Narrator] Completing a
Certificate III in Multimedia in Year 10, Odin Lowsley
then undertook a Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE Queensland rather than continue to Year 11. Graduating top of his class and using his Vocational
Education and Training qualification as a stepping stone, he was later accepted for a dual degree at Griffith University
at just 16 years of age. As the first profoundly
deaf person to complete a Diploma of Nursing at Bendigo TAFE, Elise Stewart accessed the
specialized assistance she needed with persistence and determination. Having helped her workplace,
St John of God Hospital, break down interpersonal barriers, it has now instituted
deafness awareness training. Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce, a medically focused internship
inspired Caitlan Noble to pursue a clinical career. Finishing her Diploma of
Anesthetic Technology, and dedicated to always
improving her skills, Caitlan is now an anesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth. While an unusual change,
moving from pharmacist to fashion designer has proved
a blessing for Sarah Twyford. Studying an Advanced Diploma
of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising at TAFE South Australia, Sarah honed design and creative
skills on her own garments, and now hopes to launch
her own fashion label. With an accident forcing
her to abandon work as an automotive painter,
Cassandra Brown found a new career in Accounting, and now, studying
for her Advanced Diploma, she has secured full-time
employment with The Tax Centre, Devonport, while still
pursuing opportunities to further extend her skills. A believer in persistence
as the key to success, Kaylee Appleyard revels in the challenges of shaping the lives
of adults and children as a trainer in the Certificate III and Diploma of Early
Childhood Education and Care. In doing so, she welcomes
support and advice in maintaining her faith in her abilities. Finishing her Diploma
of Community Services through TAFE New South Wales in 2017 with outstanding results,
and described as reliable and caring with a great sense of humor, Katayoon Karimodini says she
has learned to set a target, make a plan, ask for help,
find all the options, then just keep going and never give up. – Very exciting finalists there. Suzanne, you have our
runner-up, name and trophy. The runner-up is? – Wow, what a great night. I am so proud to announce the runner-up of the Vocational Student of
the Year Award is Odin Lowsley. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – What a bright young man, Minister, doing that at 16, 17 years of age. Well done to the parents,
carers of all our young ones, giving that motivation to
learn, it is wonderful. We haven’t said hi to
the parents and carers! (cheering and applause) You’ve got the name of the
winner though, Minister, and the winner is …
– Okay, ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 Vocational Student
of the Year Award winner is Caitlan Noble! (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) (Caitlan mumbles and laughs) – This is something I
absolutely was not expecting. Where to begin? Thank you to the
Australian Training Awards, the week you guys have put on
has been absolutely amazing. To the Department of
Education and Training, to our WA Training Awards team, Alisha, everything you’ve
done for us this week has been truly amazing. To team WA, you are so
incredibly supportive. (laughs) North Metropolitan TAFE, I
wouldn’t be here without you. My family, who flew a very long way to be here (laughing)
with me, goodness me. Everyone standing here tonight, you all have the most amazing journeys, and it’s so inspirational
to be here with you guys and I’m really looking forward
to us using this platform to really promote vocational
education in Australia. So, thank you.
(loud cheering and applause) – Congratulations. Ah, what a beautiful
speech, and congratulations. Minister, Susan, thank you
so much for being up here, and it’s just a wonderful
night for all of us. Please thank our finalists
and our wonderful judges, our presenters, Minister
Cash and Suzanne, thank you. Can I please recognize the most outstanding Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category? Will you please welcome back to the stage Assistant Minister for Skills, the Honorable Adam Marshall,
MP, and Abe Archibald, the 2017 Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year runner-up to assist with the presentations. The 2017 winner, Donald
Dundas, was unavailable tonight and sends his best wishes and apologies. Let’s look at these amazing 2018 finalists. (bubbly beat) – [Narrator] Concerned with health issues amongst Indigenous Australians,
Meagen Beaumont plans to use the skills and knowledge
gained through her traineeship within her community. Advocating on-the-job
training and experience, Meagen believes her traineeship
is helping her achieve a promising career in the health industry. Lewis Brown believes in
the role education has in breaking the cycle of poverty and transgenerational trauma. Committed to social justice,
Lewis’ nationally recognized qualification in community
services has proved invaluable in his new role as Koori
Court Project Officer at Court Services Victoria,
where he is dedicated to holistically supporting
indigenous people in the criminal justice system. With a completed
Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait
Islander Primary Health Care, Soleil White is motivated and equipped to assist Indigenous
Australians reach better health and life outcomes. In the future, Soleil plans
to work as a nurse manager in remote communities. Lachlan Stone was working
in resource management when he realized he would
benefit from further knowledge in land management. He turned to TAFE for his Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, plans to complete a Diploma,
and now runs his own business. To work with a variety of people across a broad spectrum
of the health industry, Lydia Scotney completed TAFE Certificates in Disability, Aged Care,
and Home and Community Care. An enrolled nurse in a job she loves, Lydia is consolidating her
skills through TasTAFE’s Continuing Professional
Development courses. In completing his Certificate
III in Warehouse Operations, Sonny Malmerin-Fejo has worked
on huge logistical operations with ConocoPhillips, tackling
their challenges head-on. Sonny has said he’s experienced
the immense benefits of team culture and
he’s adopted the motto: “Never doubt your ability
to learn new things.” Tylah Saunders commenced
her first traineeship as a Research Support Officer with the ANU College of Science just six months after completing Year 12. Now almost 20, Tylah is
undertaking her second traineeship with the ANU, where she’s working towards a Certificate IV in
Business and hopes to pursue a Diploma in the future. This school captain, Student Representative Council president and multi-awarded Indigenous
Vocational Education and Training student, Tarnisha Winsor, running the 2017 Upper
Hunter NAIDOC celebrations as part of her traineeship
was a treasured milestone. For her confidence and these accolades, she credits her
Certificate II in Business. – Congratulations to our
finalists of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Student of the Year Award. Abe, you’ve got the envelope,
the lucky runner-up, come and announce. – And the 2018 Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year runner-up is Tarnisha Winsor. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Minister Marshall, you
have the winner’s name and the trophy is here. Come and announce our winner. – Thank you, Tim, the winner of the 2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year,
congratulations to Soleil White. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Good evening, everyone. Firstly, I’d just like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of this land and to all the Aboriginal
and Torres Islander people in this room today. Thank you to the ATA team
for this amazing week and thank you to Alisha for
the hard work that you’ve done. I would also like to, (laughs)
(loud applause) I would also like to
thank the girl group of WA for your continuous support
and in my personal growth. I’d also like to
congratulate the finalists for your hard work in your communities, and please promise me that you’ll continue to do what you’re doing. I’d also like to thank my
family for being here tonight all the way from Broome,
especially my mother. Because of her, I can. (loud cheering and applause)
– Yes! Ah, welcome from Broome. Don’t we love Broome, Western Australia? The White family, very proud tonight. Soleil, so beautiful, congratulations, and what a wonderful award. Ladies and gentlemen, our finalists, the Australian best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students just are a great exemplar of
what we do and can be and do in our Australia together. It is wonderful. Ladies and gentlemen,
congratulations to Soleil and all the finalists. It just shows our great skill and ability
all over our country to do what we do. The presentation for the 2018 Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award, and to assist with this presentation, I’d like to invite to the stage the 2017 Western Australian
finalist in this category and Finalist Week mentor, Claire McLeary, as the 2017 winner,
(loud cheering and applause) and thank you for being here, Claire. Please stand with Minister Marshall. Dustin Cross offers his
apologies and best wishes. He couldn’t be with us tonight. Let’s have a look at these
brilliant eight finalists from around Australia for
the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award. (lively beat) – [Narrator] Having completed
an Australian Apprenticeship in the automotive industry, and looking for a flexible career path, Kathleen Jones recognized an opportunity to work for Telstra,
supported by a Certificate III in Telecommunications, as
the perfect opportunity to make a change that
would expand her skills and career choices. Working in a male-dominated industry, Amanda Woodhams has found
acquiring the skillsets required for her Certificate
III in Arboriculture a highly rewarding experience. Amanda celebrates her Vocational Education and Training experience as encouraging, embracing and inclusive. For former hairdresser, Beth
Hodder, returning to study and completing her
Certificate III in Business while working full-time in
a Western Power traineeship was a life-changing decision. Seeking new opportunities, she is now completing a
Certificate IV in Business. Now with a career as a
radio designer in the access and facility network
engineering team at Telstra, Kirsty Potter first studied and worked in a variety of industries
before a traineeship provided the perfect opportunity for her to expand her knowledge,
skills and career prospects in an exciting and
rapidly evolving industry. With a Certificate III in
Retail Operations at Subway, and another in Business at
the Department of Health and Human Services, Elise
Parker found she enjoyed the style of learning that came with immersion in a work setting. She credits that work-based
support of her traineeship as a key component of her success. Having completed Year 12, Kimberly Brewster thought
mothering her newly born child and her lack of work experience would deny her a worthwhile
start to her career. However, after her traineeship
with ConocoPhillips, where she completed a Certificate IV in Business Administration,
she has commenced a personally and professionally rewarding career. A passion for helping
Canberra’s older residents led Danielle Jackson to a
Certificate IV in Ageing Support and employment at aged care facility, Villaggio Sant’ Antonio. Her qualification opened
up numerous opportunities, including her recent acceptance into a Bachelor of Medical Science. From banking and child care to a traineeship and
Certificate II in Construction is a leap that proud Aboriginal woman, Tara Proberts-Roberts,
has made with an attitude that has greatly impressed her supervisors on the WestConnex new M5 project. Planning to continue her
Vocational Education and Training, she is thrilled with
her new life direction. – What amazing, amazing finalists. Claire, can I ask you to come up and announce the name of our
runner-up in this category of Australian Apprentice
(Trainee) of the Year? – Thank you very much, Tim, and the 2018 Australian
Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award runner-up is Amanda Woodhams. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Yes, I’ve got some branches
that need trimming, Amanda. I really do. Minister, the winner in this category of Australian Apprentice
(Trainee) of the Year. – Thanks, Tim, the 2018 Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year, congratulations, Kimberly Brewster. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – I think I’m just absorbing it. (laughs) First of all, I’ve got to congratulate all of these finalists. They’re all strong and resilient, and we all have such a beautiful story. So, thank you.
(loud cheering and applause) So, first I want to thank the
Australian Training Awards for this beautiful week. We’ve all had so much fun networking and really getting to know each other, and all realizing how far we’ve also come. Our STLO, oh, I shouldn’t
use abbreviations, our State, sorry,
Territory Liaison Officers for supporting us and taking
us to everywhere we had to go. The mentors, it was really
nice having you around and listening to you inspiring us and encouraging us to keep on going. And last but certainly not
least, every single person that’s been a part of my training journey, (crying) you’ve all made who I am today. So, thank you.
(loud cheering and applause) Thank you.
– You are so welcome. Please, take your award. Oh, wow, what a great win. Congratulations, and beautiful words. Thank you, finalists, and thank you to all of you in this category. Our next category, ladies and gentlemen, the Australian School-based
Apprentice of the Year Award. The work that’s being done in our schools is just incredible, and to
assist in this presentation, it’s my great pleasure, thank you to all our
schools around Australia. Our eight finalists from around Australia, to assist in this presentation,
can you please welcome 2017 winner, Ms Bethany
Simpson, to the stage, and let’s see who these
Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year finalists are. (lively beat) – [Narrator] With agriculture
a life-long interest, Lachlan Darr’s traineeship
with Oakey Beef Exports convinced him he had
found his dream career. Greater insight into the requirements of the agriculture industry
through his work with livestock has further developed
Lachlan’s desire to specialize in beef cattle production. Developing communication skills through her Australian
School-based Apprenticeship, the capabilities Sophie
Babycz is also acquiring through her Certificate III
in Business has allowed her to access a broad range of
career-enhancing responsibilities such as report writing, promotional work and customer support. Completing five Australian
Tertiary Admission Rank subjects while studying a Certificate
II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in her school-based workplace environment. This setup of complementary
and mutually reinforcing vocational experiences has
prepared her to step confidently into the world of work. Completing a Certificate II
in Salon Assistant in 2017 followed by a Certificate
III in Hairdressing through TAFE SA,
Shanna-Lee Locker has shown excellent time management skills, balancing her Australian Apprenticeship, TAFE and Year 12 studies while
taking on a variety of school and community leadership roles. With a childhood passion
for production and design blossoming when her high
school teacher suggested an Australian School-based Apprenticeship, Bronte Richardson now
studies Certificate III in Engineering, Technical,
securing her college and trade qualifications while
employed in her dream career. With an early interest in childcare, Tullalah Ormsby’s next
step was work experience at a childcare center,
then a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. As she says, do your research
and follow your passion if you want to seriously
work with children or any other career pathway. Choosing the Disability
sector as her path to having a positive effect on people’s lives, Miah Jagoe-Shaw combined an Australian School-based Apprenticeship
with employment at The Woden School to be
able, by the end of Year 12, to make an immediate
contribution through her work to those who need it most. Often mistaken for a registered nurse due to her knowledge and maturity level, Lucy Allen’s manager also
feels this 18-year-old has found her calling
and future opportunities through Vocational Education and Training. As Lucy herself says, a traineeship is the most perfect way
to incorporate school, work and working towards a qualification. – Eight fine finalists there, ladies and gentlemen, and
can I please welcome Beth? Bethany, you have the
envelope for our runner-up and there’s the trophy. Our runner-up is? – Thanks, Tim, it’s a great
honor to present the runner-up School-based Apprentice of the Year, Bronte Richardson. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – Our winner in this category
of Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year is … – Australian School-based
Apprentice of the Year 2018, congratulations to Caitlin Whittle. (loud cheering and applause)
(upbeat tempo) – I’m going to ruin my mascara. (laughs) I’d just like to thank the
Australian Training Awards team, not only for tonight but
for this entire week. You guys have done an exceptional job. I’d also like to thank my
girl gang, the WA team, and my STLO, Alisha, who have given me nothing
but endless support and guidance through this entire process. I’d like to thank my mum and
dad for having my back 24/7 regardless of how much of
a grumpy teenager I can be. (loud laughter) And I’d like to lastly
thank all of the finalists. You’re all so exceptional
and you have amazing stories, and I’m so grateful that
I got to meet all of you. Thank you.
(loud cheering and applause) – That’s beautiful. From the great state of Western Australia. Well done, Caitlin. Congratulations to all the
finalists in that category. Ladies and gentlemen,
we are really, really at an exciting point of the night, and for every one of you, over the last 40, 30, 20, 10 or more years that have gone through
our apprentice programs and have created this opportunity for us, you are the great teachers of
the future, the great mentors. It is wonderful to be
here in your presence and I congratulate you. Well, the announcements tonight of this very important award, it’s my great pleasure to
welcome back to the stage, and I know she’s excited, Senator the Honorable Michaelia Cash, the Australian Government
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills,
Vocational Education, and I want to welcome Miss Gemma Hartwig, the current titleholder of the Australian Apprentice of the Year, to assist with this presentation. Shall we see the finalists, ladies and gentlemen?
(loud cheering and applause) Let’s have a look. (lively beat) – [Narrator] After
completing a work placement, Christopher Knight quickly realized that Vocational Education and Training was his rapid road from
transport company warehouse to a worthwhile and fulfilling career. With hard work and perseverance, Christopher has now
become a fully qualified heavy vehicle mechanic. With her passion for
cooking triggering the offer of an Australian Apprenticeship
from her head chef, former food and beverage
attendant, Alyssa Heard, enrolled in a Certificate
III in Commercial Cookery, embarking on her cherished career as a chef at the age of 15. Now winner of several awards and studying a Patisserie qualification, Alyssa plans to one day
open her own business. Winner of Western
Power’s Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year Award in 2017, Megan Feaver encourages women to undertake trade occupations, believing
that successful careers in these fields are
based on a gender-neutral way of thinking. Megan actively promotes
this change through her work with the Women in Male
Dominated Occupations and Industries network. Studying Applied
Engineering at St Patrick’s Technical College, Jarrod
Morton developed a passion for electronics through his
successful work placements. Now completing an
Australian Apprenticeship working on electrical automation, power and control installations, he hopes one day to become
an electrical engineer. Seeing food and hospitality
as a great opportunity to bring people together,
Harry Cuthbertson is passionate about providing new and
exciting experiences that expand people’s
personal food preferences. With a Certificate III
in Commercial Cookery, Harry is proud of the training
he has received at TasTAFE. To spend more time with his young family, Nathan Powell left the
police force to undertake a mature-age Australian Apprenticeship with a view to become an electrician. An inspired choice, it yielded
eight 100% exam results at trade school and a raft of awards since for his outstanding
workmanship and work ethic. Along with his Certificate
III in Electrotechnology, Matthew Egan has also completed
a renewable energy skillset, giving him a Statement of
Attainment in the Wind Industry. This has led the Vocational
Education and Training Outbound Mobility Program to
fund a European trip for him to study the world’s leading
renewable energy practices. Michael Edwards was a
motor mechanic for 15 years before his bosses at Snowy
Hydro asked if he would like to take up a second trade as an electrician. A brilliant decision for both parties, father of three, Michael, also took home the TAFE New South Wales
Riverina’s Wagga Wagga Campus Apprentice of the Year in 2017, with Snowy Hydro describing him as an extremely valuable employee due to his double qualification. – And to announce the runner-up in this important category
of Australian Apprentice of the Year, Gemma, the runner-up is? – The 2018 Australian Apprentice of the Year Award runner-up is Alyssa Heard. (loud applause and cheering)
(upbeat tempo) – Well, ladies and gentlemen, the winner, the name is in the Minister’s hands. Minister Cash, tell us. – Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Australian Apprentice of
the Year Award winner is Michael Edwards. (loud applause and cheering)
(upbeat tempo) – Well, this is nice. (loud cheering, laughter and applause) I really didn’t have a
speech ’cause there’s such top competitors, I didn’t
think I had a chance, sorry. I feel rude standing here. (laughs) Turn to page 32 in your program and I’d like to thank all the sponsors, it’ll save me greeting them. (laughs) (loud laughter) I’d like to thank my
employer, Snowy Hydro. There’s a lot going on out
there, there’s great opportunity, it’s a great time to be working
there, I’ll tell you that. I want to thank them for
giving me the option to go into another apprenticeship at my age when a lot of people thought
I couldn’t do it. (laughs) My family, my wife in particular, for pulling everything together
when I really needed her to ’cause three kids under
six when I started it, and I got six months
in and I was thinking, what the hell was I thinking
doing this? (laughs) So, she got me through
it with a lot of support. (loud cheering and applause) I don’t think New South
Wales has won much tonight, so I’m a bit (chuckles) thankful. (laughs) Thanks for thinking of us. (laughs) (loud laughter, cheering and applause) When I saw I was last up, I thought, no one going up last won tonight, there’s no patterns like
that, I thought, no one last has won anything, I’m not
going to win it, but anyway. Rennie and Eddie, and
team New South Wales, everyone I’ve been involved
with in the last two, well, last three months, it’s been great, it’s been a tough three months, so thanks for pulling us through it. It was great, I really
appreciate all the support. The mentors were fantastic. Rory, Jordan and Claire are incredible. (upbeat tempo)
I mean, they’ve improved my self-confidence or I wouldn’t
be standing here because they had a little bit to do with it. So, (laughs) thanks,
everybody, thanks, thanks. (loud applause) Thanks, Training Awards. (loud applause and cheering)
(upbeat tempo)

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