WA stars continue to shine

The ATA gala dinner usually takes place in a host capital city, but with border restrictions and interstate travel out of the question for many, the ATAs once again live-streamed a virtual presentation. Each State and Territory was invited to host a local event to watch the results as they were announced. 

WA had eight finalists in the running for national awards, seven of whom were 2021 WA Training Award winners and one who was a direct-entry finalist. To make it a special day, the Department of Training and Workforce Development hosted an event for finalists, their family members, employers and training providers as well as the WATA sponsors to watch the live stream together. While other state finalists attended dinner events, watch parties and dialled in from home, WA guests enjoyed a high tea at the Duxton Hotel as the results were announced. 

Western Australia once again held its own in a large and competitive field from around the country, scooping recognition in the following: 

  • Maryke Gray, Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Zoe Tucker, Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year.

Both Zoe and Maryke were at the event with family members, and were able to enjoy a cheer and a round of applause as their names were called. 

Looking forward to 2022, WA has six new ambassadors who are all living proof that a VET pathway is the best decision you can make - and they are all ready to get out there and spread the word. Our six 2021 winners and the names to look out for are: 

  • Maryke Gray, Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Zoe Tucker, Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year
  • Amber Ugle-Hayward, WA Trainee of the Year
  • Courtney Short, WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • Kevin Wilson, WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • Christian Ferrone, WA Apprentice of the Year.

The 2022 ATAs will be hosted in Adelaide!

Photo: Zoe Tucker (Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year) and Maryke Gray (Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year)

Zoe Tucker (Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year) and Maryke Gray (Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year)