"A strong, industry driven training sector provides opportunities for people to change their lives and helps ensure WA has the skilled workforce it needs to fill the jobs of the future. WA's training system is one of the best in the world and success stories such as Rebecca's highlight that a vocational training pathway leads directly to jobs." said Minister Ellery.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that applications for the WA Training Awards 2020 are now open. "The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the many wonderful accomplishments in vocational education and training in this State. I encourage our top achievers to get their entries in early." the Minister said, encouraging the State's top apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations to apply.
Award winners will be announced in September at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner, the vocational education and training (VET) sector's night of nights. Winners will be recognised across 14 categories — nine individual and five organisational — with applications closing on 1 May 2020. Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may also be eligible to compete against the nation's finest at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.
For 2019 WA Training Awards Trainee of the Year Rebecca Hudson, 43, the awards opened up a world of new opportunities. The former Dalyellup local transitioned from a career in human resources to becoming a crane operator after completing a Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations qualification. She has since secured an exciting new position as a Lifting Technician for BHP in the Pilbara. Rebecca is also a WA Training Awards Ambassador, and she encourages people of all ages to celebrate their training achievements by applying for the awards.