24 November 2017

Geelong’s Gordon Institute takes out top VET award

 The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Federal Member for McPherson
Sarah Henderson MP
Federal Member for Corangamite

24 November 2017

Geelong’s Gordon Institute of TAFE has been recognised for its hard work and dedication as part of the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson congratulated the Gordon Institute, which received the ‘Large Training Provider of the Year’ award at a special ceremony dedicated to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

“This award is proof that the quality of our VET sector is world-class and providing real skills for real careers to local graduates, apprentices and trainees in Geelong,” Ms Henderson said.

“I congratulate The Gordon Institute for this award. It is great to see our local training providers being recognised like this on the national stage.

Now in its 24th year, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for VET and celebrate the outstanding contribution of VET graduates, training providers and employers to skilling Australia.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews says the awards coincide with the launch of a new initiative to champion the benefits of VET, real skills for real careers.

“For too long, perceptions surrounding VET have been out of step with reality,” Minister Andrews said.

“The fact is that VET qualifications lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding career prospects.

“These awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of those in our VET system, recognising the students, apprentices, teachers, employers and training organisations that make a difference.

“It also is fantastic to see women in a large number of fields take out so many awards and is testament to the versatility of the sector.

“I also congratulate the finalists for making it to the VET sector’s ‘night of nights’,” Minister Andrews said.

Minister Andrews media contact: Matt Dunstan 0411 535 072

Sarah Henderson media contact: Sean Rogasch 0400 069 951

Department Media: media@education.gov.au