New Award To Celebrate Inclusive Training

21 March 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is recognising Victorian training providers with an outstanding record delivering training to students with a disability through the introduction of a new award at the 2018 Victorian Training Awards.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney encouraged eligible training providers to nominate for the new Victorian Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award, which will be presented for the first time at the awards in Melbourne later this year.

The award is open to all TAFEs and private Registered Training Organisations across Melbourne and regional Victoria that have brought in innovative changes to support the achievement, engagement and wellbeing of students with additional needs.

Now in their 64th year, the Victorian Training Awards celebrate collaboration and innovation across the state’s training sector by recognising the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training students, teachers and the businesses and training providers who train them.

There are 16 Award categories in the 2018 Victorian Training Awards; six individual categories, three training and four employer categories, an Industry Collaboration Award and a Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The broader community will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, which is presented to a finalist in an individual student category and announced at the Awards ceremony.

Award winners will each receive $5,000 prize money and will represent Victoria (in aligned categories) at the 2018 Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November 2018.

Victoria won seven awards at the 2017 Australian Training Awards, which, including Large Training Provider of the Year, International Training Provider of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year.

The Andrews Labor Government’s Skills First reforms are ensuring Victoria’s TAFE system delivers quality qualifications that lead to real jobs.

Applications for the 2018 Victorian Training Awards close midnight on Monday 2 April 2018. Students and organisations interested in nominating should go to Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“We’re proud to be introducing this new award to recognise exceptional training providers that are making a real difference to the lives of Victorians with a disability - delivering accessible, quality training that leads to employment.”

“These awards recognise the very best practice and innovation in training and celebrate the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the need of both workers and employers.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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