About the awards

The ACT Training Awards are 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.

4 March 2019 - ACT Training Awards nominations open

16 May 2019 - ACT Training Awards nominations close

12 September 2019 - ACT Training Awards presentation event

18 to 22 November 2019 - Australian Training Awards finalist week (Brisbane)

21 November 2019 - Australian Training Awards presentation evening (Brisbane)

Winners from the 2019 ACT Training Awards (in aligned categories) have the opportunity to compete with other states and territories to win the title of the 'best in Australia' at the Australian Training Awards.

The 2019 Australian Training Awards will be held in Brisbane, Queensland on 21 November 2019.

For more information please visit the Australian Training Awards website.

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.


The ACT Training Awards relies on the contributions of our generous sponsors. Sponsorship provides your organisation with a unique opportunity to gain positive exposure for your business and displays its commitment to vocational education and training in the ACT.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 ACT Training Awards will be available shortly.

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2018 winners

2018 ACT Training Awards

Name: Matthew Egan
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: Canberra Institute of Technology
Employer: NECA Group Training
Host employer: Star Group

Matthew Egan

Matthew completed his Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). He was employed by NECA Electrical Apprenticeships and host employer, Star Group.

With the electrical industry moving forward with energy efficient products and systems, Matthew enjoys that he can contribute to the larger picture of clean energy.

To help broaden his career options and keep his skills up-to-date, Matthew also completed a renewable energy skill set at CIT which gave him a Statement of Attainment in Working in the Wind Industry. Because of this, Matthew was presented with an opportunity to travel to Europe under the Commonwealth funded VET Outbound Mobility Program and experience firsthand renewable energy practices from world leaders in renewable energy.

Matthew hopes to use what he has learnt through this experience to help shape change in Canberra and surrounding areas, and to be a champion for renewable energy.

Name: Tylah Saunders
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Training provider: Australian Training Company
Employer: Australian Training Company
Host Employer: ANU College of Science

Tylah Saunders

Tylah completed her Certificate III in Business through the Australian Training Company with host employer the Australian National University (ANU) College of Science.

The opportunity to study business and work concurrently excited Tylah, as she felt it would give her the balance she was looking for in her first year out of school.

During her traineeship, Tylah has experienced enormous growth in her confidence and self-esteem which has helped her to accept challenges and new tasks. She has been rewarded at work, being given more responsibilities such as purchasing local Indigenous artwork and organising launch events for them.

Tylah has recently accepted a 24-month contract with the ANU, commencing a new traineeship in a Certificate IV in Business. She hopes to see young people like her siblings create opportunities for themselves later on in life via a VET pathway as she has done.

Name: Danielle Jackson
Qualification: Certificate IV in Aged Care
Training provider: Quest Training Solutions
Employer: Australian Training Company
Host employer: Villaggio Sant Antonio

Danielle Jackson

Danielle has always known that she wanted to work in an environment where she would be helping people. In 2017, Danielle completed work experience at Villagio Sant Antonio, and as a result of her work ethic and passion, she was offered a traineeship.

When Danielle first started her traineeship, she had no idea where it would lead her, but completing the Certificate IV in Ageing and Support has opened up numerous opportunities to her and proved to be a pathway for employment and further study in the field of Nursing.

In 2017, while studying and working full-time, Danielle completed UC Connect, granting her entry into a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Canberra. After completing her traineeship and working in aged care at Villaggio Sant Antonio, Danielle leaves work every day knowing that she has had a positive, and possibly lasting, influence on the facility’s residents.

Name: Miah Jagoe-Shaw
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Training provider: Quest Training Solutions
Employer: Australian Training Company
Host employer: The Woden School
School: Hawker College

Miah Jagoe-Shaw

Miah is currently undertaking an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) in a Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) hosted by The Woden School. Her employer is the Australian Training Company and her registered training organisation is Quest Training Solutions.

Miah is passionate about helping people and hopes her work within the disability sector can make a difference to people’s lives.

Miah chose an ASBA pathway to allow her to finish year 12 with a work ready qualification. Through her ASBA, Miah has developed her non-verbal communication, as many of the students she supports are not able to communicate verbally. Earlier this year, Miah undertook an Auslan course to further support her studies.

Outside of her ASBA, Miah is an active member of the Indigenous Interest Group at Hawker College and played a significant role in setting up the Indigenous Resource Room at the school.

Name: Sophie Corver
Qualification: Certificate I Furnishing
Training provider: Daramalan College

Sophie Corver

The School House Captain at Daramalan College, Sophie is studying a Certificate I in Furnishing. Having studied wood technology since she was 10 years old, Sophie also participates in structured work placements during the school holidays with a local furniture company.

Sophie believes her training has helped her develop her problem solving, team work and communication skills and has become a leader in her class often assisting her peers with their work.

As the only girl in her furnishing class, Sophie recognises there is a lack of women completing practical courses such as furniture making or automotive technology and hopes to encourage younger female students to try a technology trade.

In her spare time, Sophie has represented the ACT in AFL, competed at the national level in rowing and has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Name: Evan Street
Employer: Canberra Institute of Technology

Evan Street

A teacher at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Evan delivers a range of welding and metal fabrication classes to apprentices and night welding classes for the Canberra community.

Evan maintains a flexible training environment where students are able to undertake self-paced learning and utilises a project based assessment model to assess student’s skills holistically.

Evan understands the importance of building strong relationships both internally and externally to ensure students receive a high quality education that meets industry needs and demands. Evan’s relationships with industry give CIT access to some of the latest technology including the supply of data recording devices linked to welding machines. These devices allow accurate information to be recorded while students are welding, providing students with instant and precise feedback on their performance.

In 2017, Evan was awarded the CIT Student Association Teacher of the Year for Trade Skills and Vocational Learning.

Name: SPARK Strathnairn Construction Program

  • Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Ltd
  • Quality Training in Construction
  • Strathnairn Arts Association
  • ACT Suburban Land Agency

ACT Industry Collaboration Award

The SPARK Strathnairn Construction Program (SPARK) is a four-way collaboration between Riverview Projects (ACT) Pty Ltd, the ACT Government Suburban Land Agency, Quality Training in Construction and the Strathnairn Arts Association.

SPARK delivers Certificate II in Construction to individuals disconnected from the labour market in the Belconnen and wider Canberra region. The program also delivers white card, asbestos awareness and industry work placements.

Social inclusion is a key component of the Ginninderry development with a strong focus on improving the education, social and economic outcomes of residents in the local area over the life of the project. The program is specifically delivered within a community facility in the Belconnen region rather than a traditional education setting to create a non-threatening learning environment for participants.

Participants in the 2017 program increased their self-esteem, confidence, academic learning ability, work readiness and most have now gained employment as a direct result.

Rick Maier Paint Plus

Rick Maier Paint Plus

Rick Maier Paint Plus is a painting and decorating business specialising in heritage and renovated private residential works. Founder Rick was the ACT Apprentice of the Year in 2005 and since then has maintained his desire to encourage and support others to undertake apprenticeships, with over nine employees having completed apprenticeships under his guidance.

Over the past 12 years Rick Maier Paint Plus has increased from one employee to a current staff of nine, of which six have completed or are currently undertaking their apprenticeship. Taking on apprentices has increased business productivity, enhanced communication between employees and clients, and created a positive working environment.

Collectively Rick and his apprentices have won multiple awards in the ACT building industry.

In 2016, one of Rick’s apprentices competed in the painting and decorating competition at the WorldSkills National Championships in Melbourne, after having won the Canberra Regional WorldSkills competition in 2015.

Flexible Transport Services, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

Flexible Transport Services, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

Flexible Transport Services (FTS), part of the ACT Government Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, is responsible for ensuring Canberrans have access to an accessible bus service.

In 2017, FTS was actively looking for opportunities to provide additional relevant, appropriate training to staff. Special Needs Transport Attendants (SNT) assist young people of school age with disabilities to travel on buses to and from home to attend special needs schools around the ACT.

In 2017, 13 SNTs took part in the new Certificate II Community Services training initiative. The SNT Training Program was very successful in assisting FTS to improve its services, including enhanced work health & safety, increased client satisfaction and a more productive and collaborative workplace.

As the first round of the SNT training program covered 32.5 per cent of current staff, FTS has committed to another round of training opportunities in the near future.

McDonald's North Canberra

McDonald's North Canberra

McDonald’s North Canberra is one of the largest licensee organisations within McDonald’s Australia with a total of 12 restaurants and over 1,100 employees. Currently, McDonald’s North Canberra have 83 crew members completing traineeships and more than 75 managers completing certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas.

Traineeships provide a strong foundation for a management career at McDonald’s or with another organisation within the retail, hospitality or business sector. McDonald’s offers the Certificate II in Retail as recognition to crew members who show potential in their work performance and the Certificate III in Retail is offered to those crew members who wish to move into a supervisory role. It develops the skills and knowledge of senior crew members, crew trainers and individuals who show leadership potential.

To ensure traineeships are executed successfully, each restaurant has a workplace coach who meets regularly with each trainee and supports them through the program.

Wisdom Learning

Wisdom Learning

With a commitment to excellence and leading practice in vocational education and training for the public and private sectors, Wisdom Learning aspires to help people and organisations reach their full potential through the provision of truly effective, relevant and high quality learning solutions.

Wisdom has 24 qualifications on its nationally recognised scope of registration, from Certificate III to Graduate Diploma levels, across: Property Services; Training and Education; Business Services; and Government. In the last four years, over 650 trainees/apprentices, mostly ACT residents, have completed qualifications with Wisdom.

Aiming to provide the most imaginative and innovative Educational Technology (Ed Tech) and learning spaces available, Wisdom deploys their learning management system and Ed Techs to inspire and engage their students in digital/online learning environments. This has improved their existing service promise to provide students with modern, contemporary opportunities to ‘inspire, create, learn, challenge, innovate and grow’.

Canberra Institute of Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology

Training around 20,000 students each year and delivering 280 qualifications, The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has a long dedicated history providing technical and further education in the ACT and surrounding area.

CIT offers apprenticeships, traineeships and certificate level training through to diplomas, bachelor degrees and graduate certificates. CIT is growing the region’s talent and economy by developing and delivering innovative skills training for new and emerging industries and responding to government priorities.

Central to the new culture of innovation taking hold is CIT’s ongoing transformation through the implementation of the Strategic Compass 2020 – Evolving Together (SC2020).

Through new commitments embodied in the nine SC2020 projects, CIT’s transformation has delivered an organisation-wide shift in new thinking and new practices with a vision of being the leader in vocational education and training locally, nationally and globally.

Glenn Carter

Glenn Carter

Glenn completed his apprenticeship with HIA Group Training as a Carpenter in Sydney in the early 1980s and progressed to complete his building license at Ultimo TAFE some years later.

Glenn moved to Canberra in 1997 and commenced work at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as a casual teacher. This was a particularly challenging time at CIT in the construction faculty as the student numbers were quite low, however, this created opportunities for Glenn to secure employment as a trade teacher and apply his skills in establishing high quality training for apprentices.

In 2002 Glenn stepped up as the Head of Department in Building and Construction at CIT and in 2007, Glenn was successful in winning the Director position for the Building and Environment Centre, a position he held for 6 years. In this role Glenn championed the integration of new technology into training to better support students and was a key driver in supporting staff to consider flexible and alternative delivery models to meet industry demand and changes. Glenn worked closely with staff to develop blended and flexible delivery training models that incorporated the latest technology and utilised the resources at hand to meet the demand of today’s student needs.

In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the role of CEO at the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority (TFA). Over the past five years at the TFA Glenn has continued to promote increased productivity and career opportunities ensuring equitable distribution of training funds to employers and employees in the ACT Building and Construction Industry.

Glenn is an engaging leader who has positively influenced those around him to explore options and continually seek to improve oneself. Throughout his 20+ year working career in VET Glenn has continually endeavoured to improve opportunities for industry and students under his care. Glenn has always pushed the barriers forward to allow students and industry to embrace the opportunities and experience quality training and education for the benefit of all.

Kevin Patchell

Kevin Patchell

Kevin Patchell held a number of distinguished senior leadership positions with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and CIT Solutions Pty Ltd over a 20-year period. Kevin brought to CIT and CIT Solutions his valuable depth and breadth of experience, knowledge and skills honed from working across local and federal government agencies and in private enterprise.

Kevin’s commitment to good governance, high standards of integrity and propriety, and excellent financial management have contributed strongly to the two organisations becoming strong, sustainable and respected ACT institutions delivering quality vocational education and training to government employees and individuals across the ACT, the nation and internationally.

Kevin became a member of the CIT Advisory Council (CITAC) in November 1997 and was later appointed Deputy Chair in 2006. Kevin chaired the CIT Resources Board from 1998 to 2003 when he was appointed Chair of the CIT Audit Committee. In these positions Kevin led CIT’s strategic direction that in 2015 saw it attain greater autonomy when CITAC was replaced with a new CIT Board.

Kevin’s professional strengths and abilities have made a significant impact on the ACT’s VET environment. He has shown himself to be a strategic and conceptual thinker with an understanding of the contemporary issues facing VET, and strong understanding of the market and regulatory challenges facing both CIT and CIT Solutions.

It is through Kevin’s leadership and focus on the continual review of CIT’s performance, and the measures identified to provide that assurance, that CIT and CIT Solutions maintain the quality of their work in the VET sector as a whole – a legacy he can be proud of.

Kevin’s high standards of governance and financial management have helped make CIT Solutions a sustainable, high growth and profitable company delivering high quality vocational education and training to government agencies and individuals in Australia and internationally.