2018 awards 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
Organisations:

  • 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.

2017 awards winners

Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment Program

Organisations:

  • Riverview Projects ACT
  • Belconnen Community Service
  • Canberra Institute of Technology - Health, Community & Wellbeing Department

ACT Industry Collaboration Award

The Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment Program delivers a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to local people disconnected from the labour market in the Belconnen region.

Commencing in 2015, the program also delivers industry work placements, mentoring support and employment pathways within the sector.

The collaboration between Riverview Projects, Canberra Institute of Technology and the Belconnen Community Service has delivered not only a pathway to employment for participants but an alternate pathway to recruitment for the Belconnen Community Service. This model is expected to enable the Belconnen Community Service to attract and retain a group of skilled employees to meet the needs of their program.

Canberra Connections

Canberra Connections logo

Canberra Connections Pty Ltd is a locally owned and managed company with more than 25 years experience serving the security, electrical and communications industries within the ACT and surrounding NSW regions.

The team includes 3 office staff, 7 trades staff and is host employer to 5 electrical apprentices.

Canberra Connections believe that offering training to its employees challenges them to learn new skills, equips them with new techniques and technology, and offers insight and opportunities within the industry. All employees are encouraged to participate in training courses through vocational training providers or university, with 8 employees expected to complete qualifications this year.

Canberra Connections considers investing in training to be a long term investment, as it has and continues to improve its productivity and profitability, building stronger, sustainable relationships in the ACT region.

Canberra Connections represented the ACT in their category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Vikings Group

Vikings Group logo

The Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Sports Club Ltd (Vikings Group) is a not-for-profit community based organisation whose purpose is to provide infrastructure and services for the Canberra community.

Since opening its Erindale facility in 1979, the Vikings Group has expanded into 4 licensed premises across Canberra’s south, with several first class sporting facilities, a membership of over 40,000 and more than 200 casual, part-time and full-time staff.

It provides substantial financial assistance to the local community, as well as employment opportunities, financial donations, in-kind contributions and scholarships. The Vikings Group’s focus on training ensures its staff are fully equipped to be able to do their job to their fullest potential, to provide first choice options in service, hospitality and facilities for members and guests. All Vikings employees have access to vocational training, which ranges from Responsible Service of Alcohol through to Diploma level qualifications.

The Vikings Group represented the ACT in their category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Calvary John James Hospital

Calvary John James Hospital logo

Calvary has delivered health services in the ACT for 38 years. It delivers health services across many diverse sectors including community, surgical, public and private patient services, pastoral and aged care.

As a branch of Calvary Health Care ACT, Calvary John James Hospital provides excellent patient care and employs and develops over 500 staff.

Since its inception in 2006, Calvary John James Hospital has been a strong supporter of vocational training. Most managers have completed a Certificate IV in Middle Management and a large number have completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The hospital funds training for its staff in the Diploma of Community Services, to develop their skills and knowledge in stress management, counselling techniques, diversity and communication in the workplace. This course provides employees with new skills to enable them to improve the quality of patient care and strengthen the hospital’s connection with the Canberra community.

CMA Training Group

CMA Training Group logo

CMA Training Group is the only makeup artistry training college in the ACT. They also offer a diverse and vibrant array of training courses including makeup, beauty, photography, and business.

CMA Training Group provides its students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to enter their chosen industry workforce-ready.

CMA Training Group prides itself on its purpose built facilities, its contemporary design and the use of the latest industry standard products, equipment and resources.

CMA Training Group has trainers who are highly skilled and respected industry experts, with authentic working knowledge in their fields. This ensures they can provide students with a simulated workplace environment in which students can be inspired and connected to each other, making sure their training not only prepares them for work with the very best skills, but is also an enjoyable experience.

Canberra Institute of Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology logo

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is the largest and longest serving provider of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT. Over its impressive 90 year history, CIT has proven itself to diversify and adapt to the challenges of the national VET environment with passion, innovation and dedication.

CIT provides an extensive range of VET programs from short courses to advanced diplomas. CIT has 5 campuses across Canberra and delivers nationally accredited training packages via the workplace, online and on-campus.

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

CIT is always aiming to build on its reputation as a quality provider of VET and open up new opportunities for students and Canberra’s VET sector.

CIT represented the ACT in their category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Phillip Sealy

Subject area - Procurement, contract management and project management

Employer - Pro Leaders Academy

Photograph of Phillip Sealy

Phillip Sealy has been an adult educator and facilitator since 2007, specialising in procurement, contract management and project management. He has over 20 years of knowledge, skills and experience in business management, project management, contract management, government procurement and public sector management. This includes an extensive career in information and communications technology across all levels of government, private organisations and not-for-profit organisations.

Phil is a business strategist, entrepreneur, life/professional coach, and mentor with a commitment and mission in life to educate people to succeed and to strive for excellence.

Phil splits his time between Queensland and the ACT. He is currently the elected President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and was previously a long standing Councillor of the AIPM’s ACT Chapter. His involvement in the community sector in the past decade in the ACT and Queensland has elevated his credibility within the sector both professionally and as an avid philanthropist.

Phoenix Crowther

Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support

Employer: Namadgi School

School: Canberra College

Registered training organisation: Quest Training Solutions

Group training organisation: Australian Training Company

Photograph of Phoenix Crowther

Phoenix chose to enrol in her Certificate III in Individual Support as she has a strong desire to help other people.

During her Australian school-based apprenticeship (ASBA) Phoenix has had the opportunity to support children with a range of disabilities at Namadgi School in Canberra’s south. Phoenix has helped take children on many excursions including a two day trip to the South Coast where students undertook activities such as bush walking and kayaking.

Although active in a number of sports, including several roles in netball for 9 years, Phoenix has chosen to focus more on her studies and her future in the disability sector.

Phoenix is passionate about ASBA pathways and feels privileged to have been given so many opportunities at a young age.

After finishing Year 12, Phoenix hopes to secure a full-time role in the disability sector, and hopes to help change the world 1 person at a time.

Phoenix represented the ACT in her category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Abe Archibald

Qualification: Certificate III in Business

Registered training organisation: Mantra Training and Development

Group training organisation: Australian Training Company

Host Employer: Australian National University

Photograph of Abe Archibald

Abe is a proud indigenous man from Guyra, Northern NSW.

Before commencing his Certificate III in Business traineeship, Abe was a competitive athlete and worked in various areas of the construction industry. The opportunity to work in human resources was a welcome one as Abe wanted to further his professional knowledge in business.

Abe’s traineeship helped him to develop his skills and continue to move forward in his new direction. Abe is committed to life-long learning and has accepted a further 12 month traineeship with the Australian National University, undertaking a Certificate IV in Business.

Throughout the week, Abe runs regular boxing classes for both children and adults. These classes allow Abe to develop a sense of community in the Canberra region and give him insight into the social dynamics and issues faced in the region. Earlier this year, Abe made his debut as a professional boxer.

Abe represented the ACT and was awarded runner up in his category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Alycia Bencic

Qualification: Certificate II in Hospitality

Registered training organisation: St Clare’s College

Photograph of Alycia Bancic

Cooking and creating meals to share is central to Alycia’s Croatian heritage. As an active member of her community, Alycia has participated in Croatian dancing for 14 years, and has prepared meals for many cultural events.

Alycia has a strong work ethic, developed with part-time employment in her family’s company as a junior office assistant and labourer. To further enhance her employability and hospitality skills, Alycia pursued the opportunity to participate in work experience at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. In addition, she competed in Teen Chef 2015 and 2016, coming second and first respectively. Alycia also won a silver medal with her team in the Secondary Schools Culinary Competition.

Continuing her passion for all things culinary, Alycia is undertaking a Certificate II and Certificate III in Hospitality at St Clare’s College, Canberra. Alycia will graduate from Year 12 with the strong combination of vocational qualifications and a tertiary study package.

Alycia represented the ACT in her category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Taila Simsons

Qualification: Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Aquatots Swim School

Photograph of Taila Simsons

Taila has worked with Aquatots Swim School for 5 years, and wanted to expand her skills within leadership and management. She felt that undertaking the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management would give her the tools needed to progress within the Aquatots business.

The traineeship model was the best fit for her lifestyle and the flexibility of the classes meant that completing the study while working was achievable. Taila has already been able to utilise the knowledge gained from her traineeship within her workplace and has taken on leadership roles at Aquatots by providing in house training for all staff. Organising and running these training sessions gives Taila a platform to enhance her public speaking.

In her personal life, Taila has represented the ACT in basketball, swimming and competitive skipping. Taila has also started her own business called 'ACT Mermaids' which produces mermaid performers for fundraising functions and events.

Taila represented the ACT in her category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Tiffany Davies

Qualification: Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Crust Bakery at Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets

Photograph of Tiffany Davies

Growing up in a family passionate about baking prompted Tiffany to undertake a Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) upon finishing school. Tiffany commenced an apprenticeship at Crust Bakery in 2013 and her training opened her eyes to both the tough nature of the industry and just how much she loves baking.

Tiffany was rewarded for her hard work and determination during the fourth year of her apprenticeship when she was promoted to Production Manager at Crust Bakery. Throughout her apprenticeship and beyond, Tiffany has demonstrated her skills as a baker by winning a variety of awards including the F.Mayer Imports Award for Excellence in Retail Baking and the CIT Rotary Club of Canberra City Prize for best female trade student.

This year she placed third as the ACT/NSW representative for the LA Judge Award, a very prestigious award that recognises the best baking apprentice in Australia and New Zealand.

Tiffany represented the ACT in her category at the Australian Training Awards in November 2017.

Geoffrey Bell

Photograph of Geoffrey Bell

Geoffrey Bell was committed to quality education and training in the ACT and supported the ACT economy by growing international and local educational opportunities.

Geoff was a natural networker, leader and innovator, with an expansive knowledge and great sense of humour, who always put his students and staff at the heart of what he did.

Geoff's qualifications and education were wide ranging - including diplomas in Gemmology, Teaching, and Industrial Arts, as well as certificates in Biological Research and Training and Assessment.

June Irving

Photograph of June Irving

June Irving has been a hairdresser and business owner in Canberra for the past 42 years and in this time has employed over 500 Australian apprentices. Today June owns 10 salons in the ACT and 2 in NSW, employing over 100 staff.

June works tirelessly with her ACT Australian apprentices and has established firm foundations in their training. Thanks to this dedication, her apprentices have grown to be recognised as leaders in the hairdressing industry both nationally and internationally.

2016 awards winners

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

Organisations:

  • Transformed Pty Ltd
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Employment

Photograph of participants in the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) is jointly administered by the Departments of Education and Employment on behalf of over 28 participating Australian Public Service Agencies.

The IAGDP is a 15 month program that combines ongoing employment with structured learning and aims to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians working in the Australian Government.

Since 2012, Transformed has delivered diploma level qualifications in government with specialisations in project management, community capacity and procurement and contract management for the IAGDP with over 600 participants having completed the program since its inception.

The IAGDP is open to all Indigenous Australians regardless of their age, employment status, or education background. The impact of the IAGDP and Transformed collaboration is extensive. The impact is not only the transformation of the lives of the participants but the personal enrichment and reward felt through involvement in a program that so successfully contributes to social equity and opportunity for under-represented groups.

CCCares @ Canberra College

Photograph of participants in CCCares @ Canberra College

CCCares @ Canberra College is a program for pregnant and parenting students from the ACT and surrounding districts. The College provides flexible delivery of learning which contributes towards their students’ Senior Secondary Certificate and certified competency-based training.

Students have access to industry specific courses and the provision of appropriate pathways and qualifications. These options allow them to develop the necessary skills and personal strengths they need to become marketable and employable and to move towards financial independence in the future.

CCCares encourages lifelong learning and assists students to plan their careers and learning to best support themselves and their young families. Currently, CCCares @ Canberra College is working with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Access Recognised Training, Australian Training Company, JCE Positive Outcomes and MBA Group Training to meet the needs of the students.

Bond Hair Religion

Photograph of Bond Hair Religion

Bond Hair Religion is a multi-award winning salon located in Kingston, Canberra. Their vision is to be a passionate, innovative, creative, consistent, excellent and well known organisation.

Over 11 years of trading the team has grown to 12 team members including 5 apprentices. The Bond Hair Religion team engages in regular training activities to improve on professional skills, creativity enhancement and personal development.

Boasting a large waiting list and an intensely loyal clientele, Bond Hair Religion clients are so impressed by their experience that they book advanced appointments to ensure their preferred time and stylist are locked in. At the end of 2015, over 300 clients booked more than a year in advance.

Bond Hair Religion represented the ACT and competed for national recognition, winning the award for Small Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

National Mailing and Marketing

National Mail and Marketing logo

National Mailing and Marketing (NMM) is a specialist provider of integrated logistics solutions and sustainable supply chain capabilities, offering a unique and diverse range of value-added services to the public and private sectors.

First opening for business in May 1993, NMM has grown to become one of the industry’s largest and most respected service providers in the ACT region. With many long-standing working relationships in place, and over 160 public and private sector clients, NMM has the experience to deliver warehousing, distribution and direct mail services to a variety of clients.

NMM has 49 staff, of whom 44 have had the opportunity to complete job specific and career based training over the past 3 years. NMM is an equal opportunity employer, offering flexible working arrangements for their staff. The organisation has established a reputation as a socially responsible company, recognising the value and contribution of a diverse and experienced workforce.

ActewAGL

Photograph of ActewAGL staff

ActewAGL is proud to have the most reliable electricity network in the country. As an energy distributor, ActewAGL has specifically targeted training for their employees that directly relates to the maintenance of skills and competencies for their core work activities.

ActewAGL has actively pursued the concept of multi-skilling their current trades staff so that they can be a more productive and efficient organisation. With approximately 700 staff, ActewAGL is committed to investing in training for their employees, from trades staff through to office-based staff.

ActewAGL has on-site facilities to provide real life simulation training, providing exposure to tasks such as testing of low voltage connections, construction/demolition and height safety training. These facilities provide a safe and secure environment for learners to become comfortable with practical activities.

ActewAGL now also has the flexibility to deliver certified competency training using workplace subject matter experts who are qualified trainers.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Photograph of a robot

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia’s most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educator.

Created as a non-profit organisation to grow the creative digital sector, AIE pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications and continues to innovate through industry partnerships and dynamic teaching. AIE delivers a range of accredited courses to support an array of training outcomes and prides itself on leading the tertiary education sector in the training of highly skilled 3D artists, game programmers and game designers.

As a training organisation delivering highly specialised courses it is essential that currency is maintained with industry practices. Teachers utilise innovative delivery tools such as virtual classroom and project management software which give students collaborative and sharing opportunities. The use of this technology has allowed teachers to cover more content in a session and better support student learning, leading to improved outcomes.

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment represented the ACT and competed for national recognition, winning the award for Small Training Provider of the Year at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

Canberra Institute of Technology

Photograph of CIT signage

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is the largest and longest serving provider of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT. Over its impressive 90 year history, CIT has proven itself by diversifying and adapting to the challenges of the national VET environment with passion, innovation and dedication.

CIT provides an extensive range of VET programs from short courses to advanced diplomas. CIT has six campuses across Canberra and delivers nationally recognised training via the workplace, online and on-campus.

CIT trains over 20,000 students each year, touching more lives post-secondary school than any other tertiary education institution in the ACT. CIT is always aiming to build on its reputation as a quality provider of VET and open up new opportunities for students and Canberra’s skills sector.

Daniel McNamara

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Subject Area: Outdoor Education

Employer: UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra

Dan lives, breathes and dreams a passion for teaching outdoor education. His commitment to education and his deep interest in adventure combine to deliver the highest level outcomes for the students he works with. His combination of skills, qualifications, experience and student outcomes make him a highly sought after practitioner in the industry.

Dan’s extreme work environments include the subterranean marvels of Western Australia’s Nullarbor caves, snow camps in the Australian Alps, and remote islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Dan draws on his vast knowledge, passion and energy to make great things achievable and maximises student opportunities to participate, develop and succeed. Dan’s leadership and teaching of the Outdoor Education program at the college has led to outstanding outcomes for students, the college and the sector at large.

Dan is working closely with the ACT Education Directorate to train the next generation of teachers in his subject area through the Outdoor Leadership Mentoring Program.

Daniel represented the ACT and competed for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

Madeline Wallace

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Qualification: Certificate III in Business

Employer: Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital

School: Radford College

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

In 2015, Madeline completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies through an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) while working at the Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital, alongside veterinary nurses and as a cattery attendant. Madeline then transitioned into a second ASBA, studying a Certificate III in Business and working as a receptionist. Madeline initially chose to study Animal Studies because of her love of animals.

In the future, Madeline would like to continue her studies and undertake a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the hope that she can travel overseas and work with animals.

Madeline is also passionate about sports, as a player and a coach. She is currently the Girls Basketball Captain at Radford College and has represented the ACT for basketball in the Pacific School Games. During her time at school, Madeline has participated in the Relay for Life, Cancer Council Fundraisers, and assisted with discos organised for people with disabilities.

Madeline represented the ACT and competed for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016. She was named runner-up in her category, the 2016 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Jacob Keed

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Qualification: Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Flexible Transport Office, Territory and Municipal Services

Jacob is currently working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Bus Team and is furthering his education by studying 2 courses at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Yurauna Centre. Jacob’s work provides responsive transport to local members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who are at risk of social isolation because of a lack of access to regular transport. A significant part of Jacob’s role is to work closely with the community to identify vulnerable people and connect them with services that improve their lives.

Jacob leads by example and also works in the community to reconnect those who are displaced with their culture, history and connection to the land. Through his own resourcefulness and tenacity he has developed, facilitated, coordinated and hosted 2 Cultural Exploration Days to promote reconciliation and learning among school students attending cultural awareness courses. These days have been recognised as highly successful events.

Kerrie Brewer

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Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Kerrie Brewer Photographer

Kerrie’s vocational education and training journey started with an interest in photography and a desire to develop her skills in something she was passionate about. To Kerrie, photography has always been a way of documenting life and capturing images that evoke memories of those precious moments that are so easily forgotten.

After being a full-time mother for 12 years, studying was a big change for Kerrie who enrolled in short courses, before commencing the Certificate IV in Photo Imaging at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) in 2014. She transitioned into the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development once she realised she could turn her passion into a career.

Kerrie is now pursuing a career she loves and is running her own freelance photography business which gives her the flexibility to spend time with her family.

Kerrie represented the ACT and competed for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

Chloe Handley

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Qualification: Certificate IV in Government

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Host Employer: ACT Education and Training Directorate

Group training organisation: Australian Training Company

During school, Chloe aspired to become an events and weddings manager. After completing Year 12, she was accepted into a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Event Management at the University of Canberra.

Chloe declined the university offer in favour of studying an Advanced Diploma of Event Management at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Upon completing the Advanced Diploma, Chloe undertook a traineeship in Government with the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Working within the Media and Communications team enabled Chloe to utilise her new skills and combine work with hands on experience in the industry, whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the workings of Government.

In 2015, Chloe was selected as 1 of the 21 apprentices and trainees (out of 35,000) from around Australia to participate in ‘Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Leaders’ program.

Outside of work, Chloe is a martial arts instructor with over 10 years experience.

Chloe represented the ACT and competed for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

Shane Dealy

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Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry

Registered training organisation: Canberra Institute of Technology

Employer: Algoa Holdings

Shane’s first experience in the construction industry was through his father’s business, Algoa Holdings. After studying engineering for 18 months at university, Shane was not convinced this was the career path for him. Shane made the swap to study a Certificate III in Carpentry at the Canberra Institute of Technology, and was immediately impressed by the student first approach that the vocational education and training sector offers.

Since the commencement of his apprenticeship, Shane has been involved in a range of projects from new homes through to extensions and landscaping.

Shane has a keen interest in camping and hiking, and has travelled to various places on Australia’s East Coast. He has since learned to appreciate what the environment has to offer and how important it is to protect. This environmental awareness continually influences his decisions, by ensuring sustainable building practices are used at work and his participation as a volunteer in the Clean Coast Collective clean-up.

Shane represented the ACT and competed for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016. Shane was successful in winning the top award, the 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year

Ann Goleby

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In a career extending almost 40 years, Ann Goleby constantly exhibited the characteristics of a passionate educator and leader in the vocational education and training (VET) sector in the ACT. Ann worked tirelessly to ensure better quality training outcomes for students, industry and the ACT community through both her time as a teacher and as a public servant.

Ann’s knowledge and understanding of student needs, teachers and teaching practice, of institutional policy, process and governance arrangements meant she was able to bring both a practical and insightful perspective to VET issues both locally and nationally.

In her early teaching years, Ann was a strong advocate for access and equity particularly for the most vulnerable of VET students. In her 33 years at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Ann tackled multiple roles of teacher, curriculum developer, program evaluator, manager, administrator and senior manager with great enthusiasm, dedication and skill.

Ann joined the Training and Tertiary Education (TaTE) branch of the then ACT Education and Training Directorate in 2010. In these leadership roles, Ann led the branch in the reform of registered training organisation contract and funding arrangements, implementing a quality framework for ACT VET delivery, new funded training initiatives, the ACT’s Skills Reform agenda and the implementation of a new information technology business system (AVETARS) in 2015.

In the nearly 4 decades that Ann Goleby served VET in the ACT, she consistently demonstrated a determination to learn, to challenge often hard-held assumptions and to test innovative ideas. She undertook critical projects in both CIT and within the Directorate that had, and still have, a significant impact on the quality of delivery and the effectiveness of the systems that underpin it. Whilst addressing the immediate needs of the VET system and its end-users, the reforms led by Ann have not only set a firm benchmark for current performance, they have also set a clear direction for VET into the future.

2015 awards winners

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ACT Apprentice of the Year: Supi Mailei

ACT Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year: Samantha Marks-Galea

ACT Vocational School Student of the Year: Teagan Pate

ACT Vocational Student of the Year: Hanna Darmody

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student, Trainee or Apprentice of the Year: Rachel Hounsell-Carey

ACT School-based Apprentice of the Year Certificate II: Nicholas Neeson

ACT School-based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III: Hana Chapman-Speering

ACT Vocational Education and Training Teacher/Trainer of the Year: Melissa Dinn

ACT Vocational Education and Training in Schools Excellence Award: Gungahlin College

ACT Large Employer of the Year: Wilson Security

ACT Small Registered Training Organisation of the Year: Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

ACT Large Registered Training Organisation of the Year: Canberra Institute of Technology

ACT Industry Collaboration Award: Transformed Pty Ltd

Norm Fisher Award: Adrian Marron (Posthumously awarded)

John Scott Award: Jerome de Rose

2014 awards winners

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ACT Apprentice of the Year: Jessica Baczynski

ACT Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year: Mark den Hartog

ACT Vocational School Student of the Year: James Kumar

ACT Vocational Student of the Year: Rebecca Lyons Wright

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student, Trainee or Apprentice of the Year: Sally Moylan

ACT School-Based Apprentice of the Year Certificate II: Veronica Plunkett

ACT School-Based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III: Eylish Perry

ACT Vocational Education and Training Teacher/Trainer of the Year: Judith McDonald

ACT Vocational Education and Training in Schools Excellence Award: St Edmund's College

ACT Large Employer of the Year: National Mailing & Marketing Pty Ltd

ACT Small Registered Training Organisation of the Year: Australian Business Academy

ACT Large Registered Training Organisation of the Year: Canberra Institute of Technology