About the awards

The ACT Training Awards is an annual opportunity to showcase the commitment, innovation and outstanding achievements of all those involved in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The awards encompass the opportunity to recognise and reward the success of individuals and organisations in the ACT across 14 categories. Winners in aligned categories will go on to compete for national success at the Australian Training Awards.

2019 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

ReadyTech logo

ReadyTech is the leading provider of people management software for educators, employers and facilitators of work transitions. Bringing together the best in student management, apprenticeship management, payroll and HR admin, employment services and behavioural science technology, we support the development and success of tomorrow’s workforce.

As a whole, ReadyTech represents a new way to manage the complex human journey through study, work and career transitions.


Gold Sponsor


Canberra Institute of Technology logo

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has an impressive 90 year history providing technical and further education in the ACT and surrounding area. Along with Canberra’s universities, we give the region an edge as a world-class knowledge economy. 

CIT trains around 20,000 students each year, touching more lives post-secondary school than any other tertiary education institution in the ACT.

More employers and students trust CIT for their training than any other organisation in the ACT. As a major contributor to the economy, we provide the skills for an adaptive, modern workforce.
through study, work and career transitions.


ACT National Team Sponsor


Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service logo

Since 1998, the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) has been the leading source of Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships information for students, job hunters, employers, career advisers and service providers.

A key AATIS resource, the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website provides accurate and current Australian information to people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment, and those providing support and advice to students and job hunters.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways makes it easier than ever to learn about apprenticeships and traineeships. The website has a range of helpful resources, including printable resources, that can be used to help career research.

As well as providing online information through Australian Apprenticeship Pathways, AATIS runs the AusAppPathways mobile application, the My Gain YouTube channel, social media pages, and can be reached over the phone, by email and on social media. Free call 1800 338 022 or email AATIS to start a discussion about apprenticeships and traineeships.


Silver Sponsor

Gininnderrry logo


Bronze Sponsors

1300apprentice logo

Apprentice Employment Network NSW and ACT logo

Apprenticeship Support Australia logo

MEGT logo

National Mail and Marketing logo

Training Fund Authority logo

Congratulations to our 2019 winners and finalists

2019 ACT Training Awards - Winners

Winner - James White

Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry

Training Provider: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Actpro Group

After James graduated year 12, he began a career in the NSW Fire Brigade. In 2011, he began studying a Bachelor of Systems Engineering through the Australian National University. While completing these studies, James worked in maintenance giving him hands-on experience and management skills. As part of his work, he completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management. Through the experiences James discovered a passion for building, carpentry and woodworking. In mid-2017 James was offered an apprenticeship with ACTPRO Group and soon commenced his Certificate III in Carpentry through the Canberra Institute of Technology. ACTPRO provide a variety of services including complete builds, renovations, extensions and commercial contracts. James believes this broad range of services has led to a greater understanding of the building industry. James has gained confidence, skills and knowledge during his apprenticeship. He is a firm believer in the fact that we never stop learning and plans to one day start his own carpentry business.



  • Christopher Bale
  • Mohsen Karimi
  • Jayne Roberts
  • Sally Shipard
  • Kerryn Thomas

Winner - Amelia Gulliford

Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration

Training Provider: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Canberra Institute of Technology

Amelia recently completed a traineeship studying a Certificate III in Business Administration with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as her employer and training provider. After she completed year 12, Amelia completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and managed a prestigious beauty salon for two years. Within this time, Amelia had achieved all of her goals within the beauty industry and was looking for a new challenge. She researched possible new career options and applied for a traineeship in business administration as she thought it would be interesting and challenging. Within weeks of completing her traineeship, Amelia was offered a position with CIT as an ACT Funding Agreement Liaison Officer. Amelia’s position allows her to promote and support the growth and retention of ACT Australian Apprentices.


  • Adrielle Connors
  • Laura Gunner
  • Elinor Leake
  • Mikaela Mitchell
  • Isabella Woutersz

Winner - Taylor Williams

Qualification: Diploma of Government

Training Provider: Canberra Institute of Technology

A Wiradjuri woman from Forbes NSW, Taylor works in a team who are instrumental in fostering cultural and behavioural change at the Department of Defence. Taylor gained employment through the Australian Public Service Indigenous Apprenticeship Programme in 2018. After 12 months, she had completed a Diploma in Government through the Canberra Institute of Technology and secured a permanent position. This was a lifechanging experience for Taylor, teaching her the importance of reflection, learning it’s okay to ask for help and how self-belief can lead to a world of possibilities. Taylor hopes that by sharing her story it pushes others to believe in themselves and understand how learning can unlock one’s true potential. Taylor is now continuing her learning journey by undertaking a psychology degree. This was a first for her whole family and was a very proud moment. Her message to others is “be brave, back yourself and who knows what doors may open for you.”


  • Taejana Mae Allan
  • Papunya Connors

Winner - Olivia Horvat

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support

Training Provider: Quest Training Solutions

Employer: Australian Training Company

Host Employer Name: Black Mountain School

School: Merici College

Olivia is currently completing her Year 12 Certificate at Merici College and undertaking an Australian School based Apprenticeship studying a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) through Quest Training Solutions. She is employed by Australian Training Company and Hosted to Black Mountain School. Olivia decided to complete an ASBA after she participated in the Merici College Mentoring Program with Black Mountain School. Olivia’s ASBA has given her the opportunity to develop skills in her chosen area of study and increase her confidence. Olivia has become a mature, professional and work-ready individual, and plans to complete her Certificate IV in Disability after she graduates.


  • Lola D'Ambrosio
  • Brooke Gil
  • Grace Greenwood
  • Ellie Melville
  • Daniel Pasquariello
  • Tayla Paterson

Winner - Ken Wilson

Employer: Canberra Institute of Technology

Ken is the teacher and coordinator for the Canberra Institute of Technology Global Wind Organisation and High-Risk programs. He has a background in trades and engineering, workplace health and safety, compliance, operations and purchasing and program coordination. Ken’s philosophy on training is to focus on inclusivity and ensure all students are supported to be successful. He is also an advocate for student needs and is committed to ensuring all students are free from challenges and limitations when accessing and participating in education and training. He has developed strong industry relationships to ensure the training he delivers is meeting workforce needs now and in the future, while ensuring students' safety in high-risk environments.


  • Nunzio Gambale
  • Adrian Gibbons
  • Andre Matuszyk
  • Kerry McDonnell
  • Melissa Power

Winner - Rebecca Sturt

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support

Training Provider: Sureway Skills Training

Living away from the city, Rebecca completed her Certificate III in Individual Support via a combination of online studies and work placement, with support from her trainers at Sureway Skills Training. During her training, Rebecca completed her work placement with Goodwin Aged Care in Canberra and was offered a job as a residential carer. Rebecca first considered a career in aged care after a friend shared her love of the job and the many rewards of working in the industry. One of Rebecca’s strongest qualities is her caring nature and her desire to help people and make the world a better place. This was reinforced after she was the passenger in a car accident that left a close friend paralysed. Her desire is to make a difference in people’s lives, to care for those in need, and most importantly, to assist in restoring quality of life and independence for those that need support to do so.


  • Donna Bush
  • Jack Cameron
  • Tiffany Davies
  • Kirsty Preston
  • Susanne Scott
  • Nicola Staines
  • Tamara Willers-Wagstaff

Winner - ACT Cyber Security Skills Accelerator Collaboration

Organisations: Fifth Domain, Austcyber, Canberra Institute of Technology

The ACT Cyber Security Skills Accelerator is a collaborative team approach to researching and building sustainable cyber training, resources, programs and facilities for the Australian workforce. The collaboration has at its core Fifth Domain, Canberra Institute of Technology and AustCyber. Set the task of finding a solution to the cyber security skills shortage by industry leaders, the collaboration now provides the ACT with end-to-end cyber security training and supports and shares knowledge with TAFE institutions across Australia. With a focus on increasing opportunities for the ACT workforce, traineeships in cyber security are now available along with the addition of an Advanced Diploma in 2020. The collaboration is fluid and sees the three organisations working together across different networks, but coming together to address challenges in developing sustainable training programs, demonstrating the advantage of the VET and industry relationship when each partner works to its strength.


  • Quality Training in Construction and Multicultural Employment Service
  • MBA Work Insights Program, Supporting Women in Trades

Winner - Capital Hotel Group

Employing approximately 180 staff, Capital Hotel Group (CHG) is a locally owned and operated hospitality company which boasts three hotels in the Canberra region. The company operates the Avenue, the Pavilion and recently opened Decco Hotel. Given the rise of the hospitality industry in Canberra, and increasing need for trained staff, CHG actively sought new opportunities for recruitment and staff development. In collaboration with Canberra Institute of Technology, CHG designed a program to provide training and work opportunities to jobseekers, which was tailored to incorporate the necessary skills to work not only at CHG but across the hospitality sector. By establishing a culture which encourages training and a high level of service, CHG has seen improved efficiencies in hiring and the transition of people into higher roles as well as increased employee knowledge and confidence.


  • Macquarie Childcare Centre
  • Tailored Accounts

Winner - Communities@Work

Communities@Work is a social enterprise serving the local community in the Canberra region for the past 40 years. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Communities@Work consists of 600 employees and 160 active volunteers. Communities@ Work is a diverse community organisation with various programs including disability services, social programs, volunteering, children’s services, a registered training organisation and the Galilee School. Communities@Work is one of the largest providers of child care services with 12 early childhood education and care services, 16 outside of school hours care programs and a registered family day care and in-home care scheme. Offering a Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma of Leadership and Management, and a range of other training to their staff, Communities@Work supports the growth of their employees by encouraging them to seek learning opportunities for personal, career and community development.


  • Calvary John James and Calvary Bruce Private Hospitals
  • Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
  • Janrule Pty Ltd
  • John McGrath Auto Group

Winner (large) - Canberra Institute of Technology

As the largest registered training organisation in the ACT, with 13,183 enrolled students and 192 qualifications on offer, CIT is proud of its exceptional leadership and outcomes in preparing the Canberra region workforce for sweeping changes to jobs. CIT delivers on government priorities, addresses skill shortages in key occupations and supports growth in emerging sectors. With a contemporary approach to the quality delivery of vocational education and training, CIT is harnessing new and innovative solutions to ensure they are at the cutting-edge of the skills needed for the future. CIT’s diversity of industry and community partnerships, ability to foster innovation in staff, student and industry engagement, training delivery to large numbers of government employees and collaboration with other academic institutions, highlight the central role CIT plays in the ACT region’s economic, social and cultural life.

Winner (small) - Wisdom Learning

Wisdom Learning is a Canberra-based registered training organisation delivering training, facilitation and consulting services across Australia. Delivering a range of qualifications ranging from Certificate III to Graduate Diploma levels, across: Property Services; Training and Education; Government, Investigations; and Business Services, Wisdom strives to help people and organisations reach their full potential. The Wisdom team understands that focusing on big and little things helps make every client feel valued, important and supported. Their commitment to their clients’ experience, whether they be individually-enrolled participants, employers, or professionals seeking L&D solutions for their organisations, is one of the key differences to learning with Wisdom and what they believe sets them apart from their competition.


  • Access Recognised Training
  • Communities@Work’s Centre for Professional Learning and Education
  • JCE Positive Outcomes

Being an ambassador

Winners and finalists of the ACT Training Awards are recognised as ambassadors for the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector and are at times called upon to participate in forums and speak at events.

The Awards are a great opportunity to identify VET students that showcase the range of opportunities and careers available through a VET pathway.

As an ACT Training Awards winner, you may be invited to participate in many activities following the awards, including but not limited to:

  • photo and video shoots promoting your achievements
  • media opportunities (speaking with local media outlets)
  • presenting at stakeholder forums
  • judging for your award category in future years
  • involvement in professional development days for future winners
  • presenting at industry and VET sector events.

Winners from the ACT Training Awards (in eligible categories) will represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards. Our ambassadors represent the great outcomes Canberra’s VET sector produces and build the reputation of our VET community to both the ACT and the rest of Australia.

By sharing your experiences, advice and knowledge, you can encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to realise how VET can benefit them and potentially change their lives. In addition, you may be able to inspire employers and training providers to review their training methods and continue to make improvements.

You can represent the ACT VET sector as a VET Ambassador in many different ways and all ACT Training Awards finalists and winners have a story worth sharing.