Tasmania’s best learners, trainers, training providers and employers were honoured at the annual Tasmanian Training Awards presentations, held at Wrest Point Conference Centre on Friday night.
More than 500 people attended the biggest night of the year for Tasmania’s vocational education and training sector.
Most of the Tasmanian award winners will go on to represent Tasmania at the Australian Training Awards, to be held in Sydney in November.
The prestigious TasTAFE sponsored 2018 Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Harry Cuthbertson from Mount Hicks, who has just completed his Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.
The 2018 Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Federal Group, went to Elise Parker from Hobart who completed her Certificate III in Business in May. Cassandra Brown, from Forth, who recently completed a Diploma of Accounting, was named the Rotary Club of Deloraine 2018 Vocational Student of the Year. Lydia Scotney from Hobart was the recipient of the 2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award, sponsored by TasTAFE. Lydia completed a Diploma of Nursing in February.
The Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) 2018 School-based Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Bronte Richardson from Wivenhoe. Bronte’s apprenticeship is in Certificate III in Engineering-Technical. The JobNet Tasmania 2018 VET in Schools Student of the Year award went to The Friends’ School student Ella de Cesare who undertook a Certificate IV in Fitness.
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) 2018 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year award went to Virginia Ennals from TasTAFE.
The Equity Student Awards reward students who have overcome barriers and/or disadvantage to achieve their VET qualifications. This year’s Work & Training sponsored Equity Vocational Student of the Year award was won by Nyang Kon and the Equity Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award was awarded to Hadi Rezaie.
The evening was hosted by Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, Minister for Education and Training, who said that the awards represented the pinnacle of achievement in the vocational education and training sector.