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Champions of Australia’s skills sector celebrated


The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Luke Howarth MP
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services

Sixteen of the nation’s best apprentices, students, training providers, teachers and businesses have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at the 2021 Australian Training Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in Australia’s world-class vocational education and training (VET) sector, with a virtual event broadcast across the nation.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said the awards serve as an inspiration to all Australians and this year’s winners showed particular grit in the face COVID-19’s disruptions. 

‘I congratulate the winners and finalists alike, we’ve seen inspiring stories from students, apprentices, schools, businesses and RTOs from across the nation who have successfully taken on the challenges presented by COVID-19’, Minister Robert said.

‘We are just so proud of these incredible Australians who are making an impact, the Australian Training Awards celebrates their excellence, and it is clear from these inspiring stories that Australia’s future is in good hands’. 

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Luke Howarth, said David Collins, the Executive Director of Training Services NSW, is a very worthy recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award.

‘I particularly congratulate Mr Collins for his invaluable work over many years. His initiatives have been innovative and forward looking—influencing VET and skills policy and practice nationally,’ Assistant Minister Howarth said.

‘There has never been a better time to get into a trade or traineeship, I encourage all Australians, young and old to have a crack a skilled career, we are backing opportunities with a record investment of $6.4 billion this financial year alone — helping Australians develop the skills they need to get ahead.’

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