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The Victorian Training Awards

Tickets for the VTA gala dinner on sale now

Don’t miss out on securing tickets for the most prestigious event on the vocational education and training calendar, the Victorian Training Awards’ gala dinner on 24 August at Crown Palladium. Tickets are available at $180 per person or for $160 for a table of ten.

Now in their 64th year, the Victorian Training Awards are a celebration of excellence in the Victorian training and TAFE system.

The Awards demonstrate innovation and collaboration between industry and the training and TAFE system to better align skills to workforce needs. They showcase the achievements of training providers and employers in providing quality training to students and employees, and celebrate the high quality skills of Victorian students that meet the needs of industry.

Profile: 2017 Apprentice of the Year – Jeremy Connell

During high school, Jeremy Connell was almost certain he wanted to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, and a week of work experience at Wangaratta Engineering left him with no doubt.

When Jeremy went back to Wangaratta Engineering to ask if they would be his host employer under the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program, they said yes on the spot.

Later the company offered him a full apprenticeship, but he wanted to finish Year 12, and they held a position open for him. When choosing his post-year 12 pathway, Jeremy knew that the apprenticeship was the right fit for him.

“I wanted to learn real-life application, and so I chose to pursue an apprenticeship,” he says. “I’m a hands-on person and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to work at Wangaratta Engineering.”

For Jeremy, the combination of theory and practice was a key part of his success in his apprenticeship, and wants to continue to develop his skills and education in engineering and business management.

Winning the 2017 Apprentice of the Year award was a testament to Jeremy’s passion and dedication to his chosen field.

“Winning was just fantastic, it’s a dream come true. I’m quite proud, and I can’t wait to present myself as an ambassador for Victoria,” says Jeremy.

After winning the 2017 Victorian Apprentice of the Year, Jeremy went on to represent Victoria on the national state, and was a Finalist for the Australian Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards.

Jeremy has now completed his Certificate III Engineering with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and is working as a fully qualified fitter and machinist at Wangaratta Engineering.

You can see a short video of Jeremy below

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