Skills Minister Peter Hall last night joined the Skilled Group as they recognised the achievements of apprentices and trainees.
Mr Hall said the Skilled Group, with more than 1,000 apprentices and trainees on the books nationally, were industry leaders in training provision.
"This year's award finalists and winners are some of the best in the business in a range of skills and trades across Australia, from manufacturing to mining," Mr Hall said.
"It is a privilege to be able to congratulate these young men and women on their hard work, talent, and skills across the vocational training spectrum.
"They all have bright futures in growing sectors across our national economy, and have done themselves, their training providers and employers proud.
"Apprentices are a vital part of a strong economy, and the Victorian Coalition Government has refocused the state's vocational education and training (VET) system to ensure apprentices receive more government funding for their training."
Mr Hall said the new VET system also encouraged greater industry participation in training provision.
"The Coalition Government has invested an extra $1 billion over the next four years in our Vocational Education and Training system to better support apprentices and trainees and to promote industry-led training," Mr Hall said.
Mr Hall congratulated the Skilled Group on their role in delivering high quality skills training to young and older Australians.
"The Coalition Government will continue to work with the Skilled Group to ensure training on offer for Victorian VET students matches industry and business needs, now and in the future," Mr Hall said.