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Celebrating Australia's World-Class Vocational Education and Training Sector Award Finalists


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

Australia’s best and brightest in vocational education and training (VET) have been recognised with the announcement of the seventy-five finalists for the 2020 Australian Training Awards.

The Australian Training Awards set to be held on 20 November, recognise the achievements in VET across apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and training providers.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said COVID-19 will not stop Australia celebrating the best of the nation’s VET sector.

“We know it’s been a tough year, but these finalists have shone through and will be an inspiration for those thinking about a career in VET,” Minister Cash said.

“A strong VET sector will ensure our economy can grow and meet the demand for the skilled workforce of the future, creating a pipeline of Australian tradies and trained workers.

“The 2020 Australian Training Awards, which will an online event for the first time in its 26-year history, will help reinforce the benefits of a vibrant VET sector.

“This is a fantastic chance to recognise hard-working Australians and the career journeys they are undertaking, as well as testimony to their dedication, their skills and their passion.”

The award categories cover students, apprentices, trainees, teachers, schools, registered training organisations and employers, as well as recognising national excellence and a lifetime achievement award.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the Morrison Government is proud to support the Australian Training Awards, and committed to supporting the VET sector.

“The Morrison Government has put in place the $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy to keep up to 180,000 apprentices and trainees on the job during COVID-19,” Minister Irons said.

“In this year’s Budget we announced the $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support 100,000 new apprentices and trainees.

“We have also launched the $1 billion JobTrainer fund which will provide up to 340,700 additional training places to help school leavers and job seekers gain access to short and long courses to develop new skills in areas of identified labour demand.”

For information on the 2020 Australian Training Awards finalists and to register for the awards presentation, visit: