WA Training Awards 2018 finalists announced!

The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Sue Ellery. The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers. The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

Caitlan Noble, a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018 category, completed a Bachelor of Commerce but discovered her passion for the health industry while completing an internship with Telethon. She diverted from a potential career in marketing to complete a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE, and is now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The individual finalists will join the recently announced organisational finalists at the awards presentation dinner in September.  Winners may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Announcing the finalists, Minister Ellery said "Our training system provides Western Australians with a chance to change their future. It allows employers to upskill existing employees to address skills gaps as the State's economy grows and diversifies. The WA Training Awards shine a spotlight on the benefits of VET and inspire others to take advantage of the high-quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." 

For more information about the awards, or to attend the presentation dinner, please visit the WA Training Awards website

Congratulations to the following finalists for the WA Training Awards 2018.

WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

  • Diego Correa Mendonca, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Isabelle Croswell, Central Regional TAFE
  • Emily Davis, Power Training Services WA

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WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA

  • Danny Hennessey-O'Shea, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rachel Knuckey, Illuminate Group  
  • Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
  • Jazmin Hahn, Central Regional TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia

  • Rebecca Thompson, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Elizabeth Gaffney, JSW Training and Community Services
  • Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
  • Hayden Schilling, South Metropolitan TAFE

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WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth

  • Jess Haydon, Australian Training Management Pty Ltd
  • Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Claire Garcia-Webb, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Caris Jones, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018,
sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

  • Courtney Garlett, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
  • Tarra Ninyette, Illuminate Group
  • Jannika Jacky, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA International Student of the Year 2018

  • Wang Na Cheung, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Roberto Rangel, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Sonam Wangchuk, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

  • Kate Moore, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Richard Rose, North Regional TAFE
  • Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
  • Taryn Sharp, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE