WA Training Awards: Henley Brook resident’s passion for training pays dividend

Award winner Liam Brien with Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey.
Award winner Liam Brien with Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey.

HENLEY Brook resident Liam Brien’s passion for his training pathway has led him to take top honours in this year’s WA Training Awards.

Liam was named the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 during a presentation dinner recently.

Department of Training and Workforce development director- general Ruth Shean congratulated Liam on his achievement.

“The judges were impressed with Liam’s leadership skills and passion for the school-based apprenticeship/traineeship pathway,” she said.

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“They agreed that he is confident and inspired to succeed.”

Completing a school-based traineeship in retail operations, Liam carries out roles such as customer service leader and team coach. This has given him extra skills and confidence to take on leadership positions.

Through his training, Liam has gained practical skills and a qualification, while he is also working towards achieving his WA Certificate of Education.

Liam was among 12 winners of individual and organisation categories, chosen from a competitive field of 42 statewide finalists.

“The WA Training Awards provide a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the success stories of individuals as role models for others, as well as the important contribution that organisations make to the VET sector,” Dr Shean said.

“All of this year’s winners and finalists should be proud of their achievements which will provide a solid foundation for future success.”

Each winner received $5000 in cash or prizes. Some may now be eligible to compete against the nation’s best in the Australian Training Awards in Darwin next month.

“We hope to build on our success at last year’s Australian Training Awards, where four West Australian finalists were recognised as the nation’s best in their field and announced as category winners,” Dr Shean said.