2022 Apprentice Training Awards Winners Announced


The 2022 Apprentice Training Awards were held on the evening of Wednesday, 23rd November 2022 with 240 people in attendance.

We celebrated many amazing individuals across our apprentice categories as well as the staff and mentors from the Group Training Organisations that support them.

Dean Luciani – AEN Chair, CEO of Westvic Staffing Solutions and 25 Year service award recipient on the night honored Gary Workman, Executive Director of the Apprenticeship Employment Network with an AEN Fellowship for his lifelong dedication to group training and broader VET sector.

Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and nominees at what has been our biggest Apprentice Training Awards yet! Thank you to all the sponsors who supported the event; the GTO staff who support our apprentices and trainees throughout their journeys; the host employers who give apprentices and trainees an opportunity to kick start their careers and helping them develop the skills they need to succeed; to the staff at the Plaza Ballroom who provided everyone on the night with an exceptional experience; and lastly the team at the AEN for their hard work in the lead up to the event and on the night!

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Apprentice Training Awards:

ATOA Apprentice of the Year
Lachlan Mackay
Victorian Group Training

Indigenous Student of the Year
Donald Chatfield
Gforce Employment + Recruitment

Women in Trades
Abbey Evans
Ai Group

School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Tode Postolov
Victorian Group Training

Sebastian Streat
BGT Jobs + Training

Trainee of the Year
Nastassja Ivanov
Next Gen Jobs

Disability Achievement
Rebecca Hope
NECA Education and Careers

Overcoming Adversity
Hedayatullah Habibi (Habibi)
NECA Education and Careers

GTO Service Excellence Awards
Elly Fidnlay
GForce Employment + Recruitment

Westvic Staffing Solutions

GTO Outstanding OHS Initiative
NECA Electrical Apprentice Induction Program