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Finalists Announced for the 60th Victorian Training Awards

  •  Celebrating the best and brightest from the VET sector
  • Winners to share in $110,000 in prize money
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a skilled workforce for the future

The Victorian Training Awards will mark its 60th anniversary by celebrating the achievements of 47 finalists from across the state’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said the awards showcased innovation and excellence among Victorian apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers and training providers.

“Through the Victorian Training Awards, we’re celebrating the best and brightest from across our VET sector,” Mr Wakeling said

Mr Wakeling said the winners – who will share in more than $110,000 in prize money – will be announced at the awards ceremony on 26 September.

“Winners of individual awards each receive a $10,000 fellowship and the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide in November,” Mr Wakeling said.

Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the awards also highlighted the achievements of Victorian schools and their students who were completing vocational courses as part of their VCE or VCAL studies.

“Victorian schools are delivering innovative and outstanding vocational education programs to help students succeed, as highlighted by the finalists in this year’s VET in Schools Excellence Award,” Mr Dixon said.

“Students, including the finalists in the Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year, are embracing these exciting opportunities to combine their high school studies with the first stage of their careers.”

Mr Wakeling said the Coalition Government is investing $1.2 billion per year in a vocational education and training system that supports the state’s economy.

“More Victorians are participating in skills training, with 645,000 enrolments in government subsidised courses in 2013 – up 51 per cent on 2010. “Importantly, 70 per cent of government funded enrolments in 2013 were in areas of skill shortage and public value, up from 49 per cent in 2010.”

To find out more about the 60th Victorian Training Awards visit www.education.vic.gov.au/trainingawards

Media contacts:

Michelle Zydower 0408 007 274 michelle.zydower@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Minister Wakeling)

Talia Katz 0408 019 852 talia.katz@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Minister Dixon)

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