In one of its best performances ever, WA had six out of eleven finalists pick up accolades at the Awards held in Sydney on 15 November. These included:
Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018 - Caitlin Whittle (Tubal Workplace Training). Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Cert II in Hospitality, Caitlin credits workplace experience with increasing her confidence and dedication which has also helped her grades improve.
Vocational Student of the Year 2018 - Caitlan Noble (North Metropolitan TAFE). After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and an internship with Telethon, raising funds for sick children sparked Caitlan’s passion to do more in the health industry. Caitlan started working as a clerical officer at Princess Margaret Hospital which inspired her to commence a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology. Caitlin is now working as an Anaesthetic Technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018 - Soleil White (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE). Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations.
Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high-quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2018 - Crystle Challinger (Canning Vale College). Crystle Crystle has been a Performing Arts Teacher for 15 years and for seven of those years has been a trainer in the creative industries sector. Crystle champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. As an Indigenous Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of the student. She feels students learn best when they are comfortable expressing their ideas and can demonstrate their culture, abilities and interests.
Industry Collaboration Award 2018 - Central Regional TAFE. Aiming to protect and restore key ecosystems in the mid-west of Australia, a multi-partner collaboration formed between Central Regional TAFE, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and WA Museum. The focus was initially on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos islands and managing invasive aquatic species in the mid-west. The collaboration has been significant for students, employers, the local community and the environment. Students receive training while working on real world high priority projects that involve multiple potential employers and industry stakeholders
School Pathways to VET Award 2018 - Busselton Senior High School. As an RTO school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model which provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance and also offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the state to meet compliance and deliver high quality programs to students with employment for further training outcomes. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement one day a week.
The full list of winners across Australia can be seen here.