Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australian high calibre training award finalists for their recognition at Australia’s leading industry awards last night (November 21).
Two of WA’s nine nominees received accolades at the Australian Training Awards while Wayne Collyer, former Managing Director at South Metropolitan TAFE and Central Regional TAFE, received the honourable Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr Collyer worked in the education sector for more than 40 years, with 30 years dedicated to vocational education and training (VET). He achieved significant results for VET in WA through his expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to State and national policy committees. An instrumental builder of the education and training sector, Mr Collyer has made a difference to thousands of students.
Winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award, Barminco was recognised for its excellent training programs, dedication to staff and successful partnerships with registered training organisations.
Runner-up for the Trainer of the Year Award, Caversham resident, Matthew King, has a passion for working with young people and believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation.
As a mentor he has provided inspirational learning experiences and was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprentice electrical course in WA.
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“The Australian Training Awards are an opportunity to put our State’s best vocational education and training achievers in the spotlight by acknowledging the innovative programs and hard work of individuals and organisations across a range of sectors.
“Wayne Collyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award is a testament to his commitment to making a lasting contribution to VET practice and inspiring others to take advantage of the high-quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed for the jobs of the future.
“I congratulate each of the winners and finalists and look forward to following their journey as they continue to raise the profile of their chosen careers and build on their outstanding achievements.”