Friday, November 24, 2017

Australian Apprentice of the Year announced at the 2017 Australian Training Awards

More than 740 people gathered in Canberra this week to celebrate the 2017 Australian Training Awards.

Two of the most prestigious awards presented were the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award and the Australian Apprenticeships—Employer of the Year

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP presented the Australian Apprentice of the Year to Queenslander Gemma Hartwig , signifying a big win for young women in the mechanical engineering trade.

Not her first time on the national stage, in 2014 Gemma was named the Queensland Training Awards School-based Apprentice of the Year and represented the state at the Australian Training Awards in the same category.

Now employed as a diesel mechanic by Diesel Care, Gemma encourages others—especially women—to consider an apprenticeship pathway.

Runner up for the Award was Jordan Cahill. VET qualified in landscape construction, Jordan recently won an Australia BBM Scholarship for his outstanding talent in the trade. With the scholarship, Jordan travelled to London to work with The Outdoor Room at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

Both Gemma and Jordan have been appointed Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors.

SA Power Networks took home the Australian Apprenticeships—Employer of the Year Award for their outstanding commitment to training their apprentices and trainees.

Also at the awards last night, Minister Andrews announced the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Information Strategy.

The VET Information Strategy will address misconceptions around VET and promote the opportunities that an individual can gain by completing a VET qualification. Its roll out will include a range of initiatives centred around a united tagline for the VET sector, real skills for real careers and promote a collaborative approach by stakeholders and corporate and community partners.

For more information, visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au or email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au.