Territorian, Rory Milner, has been crowned Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards 2019 held in Brisbane last night.
The Charles Darwin University student, who recently completed a Certificate III in Carpentry while working for Sunbuild, also won the Master Builders Apprentice of the Year award last year at both NT and national levels.
Alice Springs local, Jack Short, was named Runner-up Trainee of the Year. Beginning with a school-based traineeship while completing Year 12, Jack went on to study a Certificate III traineeship in Information, Digital Media and Technology and now plans to study Certificate IV in Information Technology to further develop his skills in the industry.
Continuing the accolades for the Northern Territory, Vocational Education and Training (VET) teacher, Judith McKay, received the National Achievement Award which recognises outstanding and distinguished service and contribution to the national vocational education and training sector.
The Australian Training Awards is the peak national awards event for the vocational education and training sector, recognising and rewarding organisations, businesses and individuals for their outstanding contribution to skilling Australia.
As stated by Assistant Minister for Education and Workforce Training, Ngaree Ah Kit:
“As Assistant Minister for Education and Workforce Training I am incredibly proud of Rory Milner, Jack Short, Judith McKay and all other Territory nominees and was honoured to be at the Awards with them at the National Awards.
“The Australian Training Awards celebrates the achievements of the nation’s best trainees, apprentices, trainers, employers and training providers so to take out lead positions at the Awards is a great honour and a tribute to the quality of training and employment available in the Northern Territory.
“The Territory Labor Government is committed to skilling the Territory’s workforce and that’s why we have invested close to $100 million to this end.
“I hope Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken note of the Northern Territory’s high achievers at the Awards and does the right thing by properly funding Charles Darwin University so other Territorians can have the opportunity to access training in a range of areas that will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”