Eight individuals and five organisations took out the awards at the Western Australian Training Awards held at the Crown on Friday night. Twenty-five years of excellence in vocational education and training was celebrated at the Awards which highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, training organisations and employers in the training sector. Two of the individual awards went to:
WA Apprentice of the Year 2019 - Anthony Di Cristofaro
After 10 years in the oil and gas industry, Mr Di Cristofaro started an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back. A passionate advocate for mental health in the workplace, Mr Di Cristofaro now mentors and coaches younger apprentices and believes training is the key to producing quality skilled workers who are resilient and confident in their abilities.
WA Trainee of the Year 2019 - Rebecca Hudson
After years working in human resources, Rebecca decided to take on a completely different career as a crane operator. Despite having no experience, she found one of her biggest challenges of the traineeship was learning how to learn again. Her experience retraining herself to take notes and listen to her trainer’s advice after years in management roles taught her to be more confident and trust in her ability.
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Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019.