VET industry award winners announced

The best of the best in Canberra’s vocational education and training (VET) sector have been celebrated at the 2016 ACT Training Awards, covering the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training organisations in the ACT.

Awards were presented to the best apprentices, trainees and students in vocational education and training, with the 2016 ACT Australian Apprentice of the Year awarded to Shane Dealy of Algoa Holdings.

After studying engineering for 18 months, Shane was not convinced that this was the career path for him and instead made the decision to study a Certificate III in Carpentry through an Australian Apprenticeship at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Successful local business, Bond Hair Religion in Kingston was named the 2016 ACT Small Employer of the Year. Winners of this award must demonstrate a commitment to training their employees and encouraging and assisting them in their employment related development.

Jacob Keed is this year’s ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander award winner for his role in the Community Bus Team which assists vulnerable people across Canberra. 

Recent data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research shows there has been a 30.6 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in VET in the ACT, from 294 students in the first three months of 2015 to 384 in the same period in 2016, well above the national increase of 10.3 percent.

All individual winners from the ACT Training Awards will go on to represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards being held in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

A list of all winners and categories can be found here