The Australian Training Awards will be hosted by National Careers Ambassador, Scott Cam, in November this year.
The Awards showcase excellence in vocational education and training (VET) through the amazing talents of individuals, businesses and registered training organisations — all who make such a valuable impact through their achievements in VET.
Mr Cam visited TAFE NSW Ryde this week, kicking off a national tour highlighting the rewarding careers a VET qualification can lead to.
TAFE students had the opportunity to swap stories with Mr Cam about their career journeys, why they chose VET as a pathway and where they hope their training will lead them.
Members of the Australian VET Alumni (AVA), Mary George and Morgan Clementson shared their VET journeys and their experience of being part of the AVA, a community of high achieving VET graduates, leaders and practitioners, business, schools and training providers.
After winning the Gold Medal at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition Mary George was offered the opportunity to become an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador. Later, Mary qualified for the Skillaroo squad and competed at the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition held in Abu Dhabi. As part of her WorldSkills training, Mary spent some time in France participating in an intensive training program at the world’s best patisserie kitchen, Chateau de vault de Lugny in Burgundy.
In 2013, Morgan was runner up in the Australian Training Awards Australian Apprentice of the Year. Through her involvement in the Australian Training Awards, Morgan received the 2014 Australian Overseas Foundation scholarship, which took her to Belgium to do a three-month tour of European bakeries. Morgan is now working in her dream job as an International Technical Advisor and Demonstrator for innovative baking company, Puratos.
Both women have forged successful careers in an industry they are passionate about and encourage TAFE students to follow in their footsteps by nominating for the 2020 Australian Training Awards.
Finalists are recognised for making a valuable impact in the VET sector and are invited to become members of the exclusive Australian VET Alumni program.
The finalists of the Australian Training Awards will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Friday 20 November 2020, hosted by Mr Cam.
Mr Cam is looking forward to welcoming the next generation of winners and finalists, their families and friends at the Gala Dinner celebration in Melbourne on Friday 20 November 2020.
Nominations for the 2020 Australian Training Awards are now open and will close 31 May 2020.