Winners in the making

Training award finalist Nathan Perrett.
Training award finalist Nathan Perrett.

Greenwood�s Nathan Perrett is a finalist for the apprentice of the year category, while Alkimos resident Emma Grant is vying for the trainee of the year title.

Department of Training and Workforce Development director general Ruth Shean said both stood out in their fields.

Following in the footsteps of other family members, Nathan embarked on an apprenticeship in plumbing and gas fitting through Polytechnic West.

He completed his apprenticeship one year early and now has his sights set on establishing his own business, with plans to study small business management to help him in his endeavours.

Emma knew she wanted to be a teacher throughout her high school education and found her calling in early childhood education and care. She completed a Certificate III in children�s services through West Coast Institute as part of her traineeship and has now moved on to a diploma.

Describing herself as someone who is organised, Emma found the chaotic experience of working with 15 toddlers each day was initially a challenge.

However, she overcame this through the experience gained in her training.

They are among 42 statewide finalists in the WA Training Awards 2015. Winners will be announced on September 4.