On Thursday this week the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, officially opened nominations for the 2016 State Training Awards, which are now in their 62nd year.
The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, employers and training providers, and recognise collaboration and innovation in the training system.
This year’s awards feature 15 categories, six individual and nine organisational awards including Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year as well as Small Training Provider of the Year.
Members of the public will again have a chance to vote in the Community Choice Award, which was created last year by the Minister. The inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial Award will also be added as a new award category this year, recognising lifetime achievement in the promotion of educational excellence in VET in Victoria.
Winners will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards to be held in Melbourne later this year.
Each individual winner will receive $10,000 to be spent on future training. In many cases, winners will have the opportunity to then represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin in November.
Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by others. Nominating is easier this year. Go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/Pages/vta.aspx and help celebrate training excellence.
Nominations close on 26 May at 5pm.
For further information please visit http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorian-training-award-nominations-now-open/