SIX of WA’s 11 nominees picked up accolades at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney last night.
Tubal Workplace Training apprentice Caitlin Whittle, of Lower Chittering, received the school-based apprentice of the year award.
Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment.
She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School’s hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter congratulated Caitlin on her “outstanding achievement”.
“Caitlin has thrived in her school-based workplace environment, where she has strengthened her practical skills and learnt about her industry, now fully prepared and confident about entering the workforce,” he said.
North Metropolitan Tafe student Caitlan Noble, of Mount Lawley, was named vocational student of the year.
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional Tafe student Soleil White, of Bilingurr, won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year award.
Canning Vale College’s Crystle Challinger, of Bayswater, won the VET teacher or trainer of the year award.
Central Regional Tafe’s Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration in Geraldton won the industry collaboration award and Busselton Senior High School won the school pathways to VET award.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the achievements showed that WA’s VET sector was “first-class”.
“Western Australians looking to upskill, retrain or enter the workforce can do it with the confidence that they’ll learn from some of the nation’s best trainers, with some of the country’s most innovative training providers,” she said.
“These inspiring winners will motivate others to take advantage of the excellent training opportunities available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future.”