The awards have been handed out annually since 1994 by the Australian Government to recognise individuals and organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia in vocational education and training (VET).
Geelong’s The Gordon TAFE was named Australian Large Training Provider of the Year, the second year in a row a Victorian institution won this award. Last year's winner was the Box Hill Institute Group.
Bruce Mackenzie, former Holmesglen Institute Director and one of the architects of Victoria’s TAFE system, was recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his 30 year career at Holmesglen, Mr Mackenzie oversaw its expansion to one of the nation’s largest TAFE providers, delivering more than 600 courses to over 50,000 students.
Holmesglen also received the International Training Provider of the Year Award and the Industry Collaboration Award for Futuretech, a partnership with the Electrical Trade Union. Futuretech offers 19 courses in electro technology, telecommunications, cabling, OH&S and testing.
Dustin Cross, of Longerenong College, was named Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year. Dustin has a Certificate IV in Agriculture, and is undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness Management.
Bethany Simpson, a student of Certificate III in Business Administration at Mildura Senior College, won Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award. Chisholm Institute’s Kathrin Colgan was awarded the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.