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South Australia’s training stars shine brightly at Australian Training Awards

24 November

South Australia’s training stars shine brightly at Australian Training Awards

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Two of South Australia’s most outstanding vocational education students and organisations won national accolades at the recent Australian Training Awards, held in Canberra.

Rachelle Boyle of Blair Athol won Vocational Student of the Year and SA Power Networks took out the Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award.

In addition, Max Miegel of Murray Bridge was runner-up in the School-based Apprentice of the Year award.

The Australian Training Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory each year.

South Australia was represented at the awards in nine categories:

  • Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award: SA Power Networks                  
  • Industry Collaboration Award: MFA Jobs 4 Murraylands
  • Large Employer of the Year Award: Treasury Wine Estates – Bilyara Packaging Centre
  • VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award: Michael Jenkinson       
  • Vocational Student of the Year Award: Rachelle Boyle                            
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award: Angelina Odevilas 
  • Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award: Sandy Beaton
  • Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award: Max Miegel               
  • Australian Apprentice of the Year Award: Laura Pivovaroff                                 

The state’s Training and Skills Commission Chair Michael Boyce said the Commission was incredibly proud that two finalists achieved success at the peak awards for the vocational training and education sector in Australia.

“We are thrilled that their passion and commitment to excellence in their category has earned them such esteem on the national stage,” he said.

Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close congratulated the South Australian winners and said it was an honour to be in Canberra to support the South Australian finalists, and to witness the winners named the best in the country in their categories.

“Job opportunities in the growing sectors of defence and ship building, health and research, IT and hi-tech, energy and mining, and tourism, food and wine - are dependent on the skills that vocational training and education deliver,” Minister Close said.

“That's why I encourage everyone to consider vocational education and training to gain the skills you need for the jobs of the future.”