Work & Training Award Winners Announced

Work & Training

Another accolade for Tasmania’s Trainee of the Year

The 2021 Tasmanian Trainee of the Year Ashling Cannell has added another trophy to her cabinet, recognised at the annual Work & Training Awards Night on Friday (19 November).

Ashling was awarded the prestigious Jack Kelleher Perpetual Trophy for Emerging Potential at the annual awards night, capping off an outstanding year for the Certificate III in Education Support trainee.

In September, Ashling was named the state’s best trainee at the Tasmanian Training Awards in recognition of her dedication to both her students and her studies, and was this week a finalist in the Australian Training Awards.

“Ashling had years of experience working with children and disadvantaged youth through volunteering and residential youth work, however she found she needed a formal qualification to further her career. We were thrilled to be able to offer her that opportunity with host employer John Paul II Catholic Primary School where she quickly became a beloved and respected member of the school community. She is a very worthy recipient of the award and we’re all so proud of her,” said Work & Training CEO Leanne Wallace.

Dylan Kaufman was named Apprentice of the Year, recognised for his excellence in work and study in his Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology apprenticeship with Co-Op Toyota, while Horticulture trainee Latisha Smith, who is hosted by Waratah Wynyard, was named Trainee of the Year at the ceremony.

Devonport based Marshall Engineering was also recognised for 20 years as a host employer with Work & Training. “We’re thrilled to have been partnering with Brian and the team for two decades and wanted to formally recognise their ongoing support of apprentices and trainees in Tasmania,” said Ms Wallace.

More than 270 people from across the state attended the Work & Training Graduation and Awards night at Blundstone Arena.


Work & Training 2021 Award Winners

Pre-Vocational Student of the Year – Damayanthi Premathilake (Certificate III in Individual Support)

Community Services Student of the Year – Alison Botak (Diploma of Community Services – Department of Communities Tasmania

First Year Apprentice of the Year – Adam Treverrow (Certificate III Engineering Mechanical – Australian Antarctic Division)

Second Year Apprentice of the Year – Ashley Ralph (Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Metro (Launceston))

Third Year Apprentice of the Year – Brady Hayden (Certificate III in Carpentry – Taurus Construction)

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year – Samara Cross (Certificate III Business – Macquarie Point Development Corporation)

Business & Service Industries Student of the Year (Certificate II & III) – Lillian Woodham (Certificate III Business – WMM Law)

Business & Service Industries Student of the Year (Certificate IV & Diploma) – William Bailey (Certificate IV Business – Battery Point Dental Practice)

Training Student of the Year – Alison Botak

Jack Kelleher Perpetual Trophy for Emerging Potential – Ashling Cannell

Trainee of the Year – Latisha Smith (Certificate III in Horticulture – Waratah Wynyard Council)

Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Kaufman (Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Co-Op Toyota)

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