Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Local Benalla trainee Nicole Barrow has been named as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Training Awards.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said Nicole 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.

Nicole is a finalist in the Victorian Trainee of the Year Award after being awarded Student of the Year by Box Hill Institute. Nicole is undertaking Certificate IV in Vet Nursing and is working as a trainee with the Rose City Veterinary Hospital in Benalla.

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 Nicole 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.”