Friday, 28 August 2020

Wodonga student Simon Watts has been named as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said Simon was among 35 finalists for the awards statewide, which are now in their 66th year.

The awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the Victorian TAFE and training sector.

Finalists have been named across 13 award categories, which include awards for individuals, employers, industry collaboration and training providers.

Simon is a finalist in the Victorian Vocational Student of the Year after being named Wodonga Tafe’s Student of the Year. Simon is undertaking a Diploma of Community Services and currently works with Junction Support Services, working in out of home residential care.

Finalists come from across Melbourne, as well as regional locations such as Bendigo, Benalla, Wodonga, Mildura, Wangaratta and Shepparton.

Institutions and businesses up for awards include Box Hill Institute, Bendigo TAFE, GOTAFE, South West TAFE, SuniTAFE and IBM.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, this year winners will be announced as part of a new, virtual format.

Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November.

Winners in each category will receive $5000 in prize money.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney:

“The Victorian Training Awards bring together students, teachers, training providers, employers and industry representatives, sharing in a high-quality training system that meets the needs of all Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

 “Congratulations to Simon on being named as a finalist in this year’s Victorian Training Awards. These Awards continue to highlight the strength of Victoria’s vocational education and training.”