Altona District local Heidi Rasmussen has joined Victoria’s top apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers in the final of the 65th Victorian Training Awards that honour the outstanding achievements of our state’s TAFE and training sector.

Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy MP today congratulated Heidi Rasmussen for their contribution and dedication to excellence in training.

Heidi Rasmussen is one of three finalists for the 2019 Victorian Training Awards School-Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year category.

The School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time Victorian school-based apprentice or trainee. The Award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school and in the workplace.

The Awards, taking place in September, include the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. Winners will receive $5000 in prize money.

Selected winners will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November. Victorian TAFEs have won the coveted Australian Large Training Provider of the Year Award for the last three years, demonstrating restored confidence in the sector to deliver quality training.

The Awards have evolved from their early days recognising male-dominated apprenticeship trades in the 1950s to a proudly inclusive event that celebrates excellence in Victoria’s diverse and world-class training system.

Since 2015, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $1.3 billion to rebuild our TAFE system and ensure students can get the skills they need for the jobs they want.

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona, MP Jill Hennessy

“Heidi is a well-deserved finalist and their nomination highlights the fantastic work happening in the training system here in Altona.”

 “These awards, now in their 65th year, put Victoria’s top vocational education and training performers in the spotlight and it’s fantastic to see so many women making the finals in this year’s awards.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney

“The Victorian Training Awards don’t just celebrate success—they inspire it. I want to congratulate every student, employer and training provider who have made the finals, we’re really proud of the work you have done.”