30th Anniversary Award Dinner & Conference Wrap-up


On Wednesday evening this week GTAV held its Annual Awards Dinner, AGM and celebrated its 30 Year Anniversary.

Over the past 30 years Victorian GTOs have employed over 150,000 apprentices and trainees across a wide range of industry sectors

We would like to thank our MC and guest speakers:

  • Peter Tressider – Australian Super
  • Chris Ingham – VRQA
  • Carl Walsh – Department of Education and Training
  • Andrew Hosken – State Revenue Office

The evening celebrated the Life Membership (GTAV Fellowship) awarded to Geoff Carson – CEO of MMTC and SMGT.


Congratulations to the following staff for their long-standing service to group training.

15 Years Service to the Group Training Industry

Natasha Robinson – MMTC
Max Palmer – BGT, Director
Shane Cross – SkillInvest Ltd
Kylie Pickering – SkillInvest Ltd
Vaughan Adams – CVGT
John Stock – CVGT
Kelly Crothers – Westvic Staffing Solutions

20 Years Service to the Group Training Industry

Michelle Armstrong – MMTC
Rosie Mara – MMTC
William Maher – MMTC
Stuart Davies – ATEP
David Edgar – ATEP

25 Years Service to the Group Training Industry

Geoff Cockram – ATEP

30 Years Service to the Group Training Industry

Geoff Carson – MMTC & SMGT
Graeme Shearer – BGT

The night saw a number of additional awards presented for the following:

GTO Industry Excellence Award

BGT Smart Support Program

CVGT & Barry RickardISC Pre and Post-employment Support Program


GTAV Trainee of the Year

Symantha McGrathBrotherhood of St Laurence


GTAV Apprentice of the Year

Harry BennettThe Apprenticeship Factory


Congratulations to all the award winners.

2015 30th Annual General Meeting

The 2015 AGM was held on the 19th November 2015.  The results of the GTAV Board nominations are:

2 Member elected candidate nominations were accepted

Ashley Langdon – MEGT
Paula Ryan – The Apprenticeship Factory

1 Independent candidate nomination was accepted

Robyn Goodwill

We welcome our new board members and look forward to working with them moving forward.

Sue Kent announced this year that she would be resigning from the GTAV Board.  We acknowledge Sue for her 14 year commitment to the GTAV Board. Sue is the second longest standing Board director and has played a significant role on a range of committees and as the Victorian Representative on the National Board.

Annual Report

2015-Annual Report Cover