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2009 Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today congratulated the winners of the 2009 Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices.

Ms Gillard awarded the top employers who have employed and trained apprentices to build their businesses and address skills shortages in local communities in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. Maintaining a strong apprenticeship system is crucial to ensuring that we can take advantage of the opportunities that economic recovery will bring. The investment in skills that employers make today will yield dividends for themselves, their apprentices and the nation into the future.

The availability and quality of care and mentoring during an apprenticeship is of enormous importance and is one of the strategies needed to lift completion rates for Australian Apprenticeships. Employers like the award winners are providing a learning environment that will produce highly qualified and motivated future employees.

The Rudd Government is committed to working with employers like those awarded tonight, having outlined in the May Budget measures worth $3.8 billion over the next four years.

The winners in each of the three categories were:

The Minister’s Award for Commitment to Australian Apprenticeships – Jean Dupavillon, Opus International, NSW

This award recognises the lifetime achievements of an individual who has completed an apprenticeship or traineeship, continued to work in the trade and is now involved in training Australian Apprentices as part of their business or employment.

Mr Dupavillon commenced his drafting apprenticeship with engineering firm Tierney & Partners and has continued with the company through the merging with Opus International. Mr Dupavillon is a key part of the company’s comprehensive training program.

The finalists in this category were Mr Lawrie Martin and Mr Rex Jorgensen, both from Queensland.

The Minister's Award for Support Services Excellence – Tarah Ker, MAS National, SA.

This award recognises Australian Apprenticeship Centre staff who provide professional support to employers.

Other finalists in this category were Maria Todaro from Apprenticeships Melbourne and Mary Schenk from JobNet Tasmania.

The Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices

23 businesses across Australia were also honoured at the Awards for their dedication to training and employing Australian Apprentices. A full list of these businesses and the Australian Apprenticeship Centres that assisted the companies is below.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for these awards.

For more details and pictures of winners, finalists and the event, please visit the Australian Apprenticeshipswebsite.

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Attachment AThe Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices Below is the list of the winners, followed by the Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AAC) that worked with the companies.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORYWinner: Calvary John James HospitalRunners up: Intact Janrule Pty Ltd

VICTORIA Melbourne Winner: City West WaterRunners up: Toyota Australia Schiavello (Vic) Pty LtdGippslandWinner: Silcar Prty LtdRunners up: Dyers Gippsland Transport Fielder Plantation Services Pty LtdGeelong Winner: St Laurence Community Services IncRunner up: Barwon Region Water Corporation Victorian Central HighlandsWinner: Morey & HurfordRunners up: BAE Systems Australia – Land Division HSM Auto Repairs & Spares

TASMANIAWinner: Hazell Bros Group Pty LtdRunners up: Fairbrother Pty Ltd Convict Cutters

SOUTH AUSTRALIA AdelaideWinner: CavpowerRunners up: Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd Philmac Pty LtdSouth Australian CountryWinner: Nyrstar Port PirieRunners up: Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council Wirraway Homestead

WESTERN AUSTRALIAPerth Winner: Macmahon ContractorsRunners up: Barminco Ltd WA Freight GroupSouthern Western AustraliaWinner: Clarence EstateRunners up: Lower Great Southern Community Living Association Inc Department of Environment and ConservationCentral and South Eastern Western AustraliaWinner: AquarenaRunners up: Maicon Engineering Bindoon Bakhaus & CaféNorthern Western AustraliaWinner: Argyle DiamondsRunner up: Inline Engineering Services Pty Ltd NORTHERN TERRITORYWinner: Centrelink Area North AustraliaRunners up: Macmahon Contractors Rio Tinto Alcan

QUEENSLANDBrisbane Winner: Brisbane City CouncilRunners up: Hastings Deering (Australia) Ltd Energex

South QueenslandWinner: Ergon Energy Vocational Programs

Northern QueenslandWinner: Centrelink Call CairnsRunner up: Northern Peninsular Area (NPA) Women’s Shelter Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander CorporationCentral QueenslandWinner: Macmahon ContractorsRunner up: Rio Tinto – Gladstone Hub NEW SOUTH WALESSydney Winner: QANTAS Airways LtdRunners up: Integral Energy Australia Komatsu AustraliaWestern NSW Joint Winners: Newcrest Mining Ltd - Cadia Valley Operations Department of Lands, Spatial Information Sourcing, BathurstRunners up: Moree Plains Shire Council Charles Sturt UniversityIllawarra and South East NSW Winner: IMB Banking and Financial ServicesRunners up: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Shoalhaven City CouncilHunter and North Coast NSW Winner: Macadamia Processing Co. LimitedRunners up: Country Energy Ballina District Community Services Association IncRiverina NSWWinner: RIC Electrics Pty LtdRunners up: Casella Wines Pty Ltd Gundagai Meat Processors