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2013 Training Award Winners

Individual Awards


Apprentice of the Year

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Scott Phillips Scott Phillips trained by Tafe SA
Certificate III in Carpentry
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Redden Bros Pty Ltd

A childhood holiday with his uncle spent working on small projects instilled a passion in Scott for carpentry and building. When he was in Year 10 he obtained an Australian school-based apprenticeship with a local builder, which led to him winning the South Australian Training Awards School-based Apprentice of the Year award. Over the years he has worked for different builders and gained a broader perspective of the industry, which has led to him undertaking a dual trade engineering and fabrication apprenticeship. Scott’s 2010 Training Awards win combined with his passion for the building industry has inspired him to be an ambassador for training and apprenticeships.

Adelaide Casino
VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year



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Max Lorenzin Max Lorenzin employed by Tafe SA
Employed by TAFE SA

Max believes that his work is not just about training, but about education, empowerment, contributing to culture and creating our own health and wellness, and these goals have been the driver for his long career with TAFE SA. For more than 17 years he has been recognised as an expert in adult foundation skills and language, literacy and numeracy, which earned him the 2012 TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute Educator of the Year award. Max works with a range of clients with diverse learning needs, often delivering programs in challenging, remote environments. At the heart of Max’s work is his desire to build and maintain partnerships with his students, whether they are disengaged youth, trainers or community workers.

Trade Schools for the Future
School-based Apprentice of the Year

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Jadon Tree Jadon Tree trained by Tafe SA
Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, attends Hawker Area School
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Smulders Contracting Pty Ltd

For as long as he can remember, Jadon has had a fascination with finding out how things work, and this interest led him to the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician. Jadon enjoys the variety that his apprenticeship offers and the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different tasks that an everyday electrician may not experience, such as photo-voltaic solar work. His future goals include dual trading in other areas, such as instrumentation or refrigeration, and completing an electrical engineering degree. As an indigenous student, Jadon is also keen to encourage other Aboriginal people to pursue their dreams and find employment. He hopes to one day employ his own apprentices.

SA Unions
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year


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Anika Duffy Anika Duffy
Diploma of Management
Trained by Connect Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
Employed by MAS National

Determination, knowledge and drive has seen Anika promoted several times since she began her career as an administration trainee with Career Employment Group five years ago. Currently the Site Support Office Team Leader, Anika is strongly committed to lifelong learning, having completed Certificates II and III in Business, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and most recently a Diploma of Management. She credits her training with giving her the skills and opportunities to further her aspirations. Anika plans to further expand her knowledge and employment opportunities by undertaking a Diploma of Work, Health and Safety.

Proteus Leadership Centres
Trainee of the Year

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Dianna Makotter Dianna Makotter
Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Balanced Habitats

Dianna’s abiding passion for the natural environment, particularly local native flora, led her to give up a secure position to pursue a traineeship with Balanced Habitats. During her three month probationary period, Dianna so impressed her managers with her skills and enthusiasm that she was immediately fast-tracked into an environment worker traineeship, and from there into a trainee crew leader role, where she now runs her own crews of three to four people. Dianna plans to complete a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, and then progress to botany studies at university.

Business SA
Vocational Student of the Year

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Lisa Cmrlec Lisa Cmrlec
Certificate III in Business, Certificate III in Disability, Certificate III in Aged Care
Trained by TAFE SA and KMC Community Service Training
Employed by Glossop High School Governing Council

During Year 11, Lisa completed a traineeship Certificate III in Business at her school in just over six months, but it was while volunteering at the Riverland Special School that she found her passion for working with children who have a disability. In Year 12 she completed two Certificate IIIs in Disability and Aged Care, and she is currently studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary R-7 and Special Education/Disability Studies) at Flinders University. Throughout her academic career she has received numerous awards, and has also volunteered as a Girl Guide leader. Her work at the special school has made her realise the important role that educators play in these children’s lives – a role that she aspires to in her future.


Organisation Awards


WorkCover SA
Industry Collaboration Award

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Food Tourism and Hospitality Industry Advisory Skills Council SA Inc 
for the Artisan Cheese Industry Partnership Program

A collaborative venture led by the Food Tourism and Hospitality Industry Advisory Council SA with support from Cheese SA, TAFE SA, the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA and the South Australian artisan cheese industry, the Artisan Cheese Industry Partnership Program aimed to find innovative, industry driven solutions to current and projected skills shortages in the sector. This program allows the sector to work collaboratively with the aim of reaching a critical mass that was capable of competing nationally and internationally in the production of premium chesses from a clean environment.

MAS National 
Small Training Provider of the Year Award


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Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre Australian Tourism College and Recruitement centre logo

The Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre is a boutique registered training organisation providing nationally recognised quality training in tourism, hospitality and events training packages. The College provides an industry based learning environment, which maximises employment outcomes for student graduates, with innovative course design and extensive industry networking and partners. The College was awarded the winner of the Tourism Education and Training category at the 2012 South Australian Tourism Awards, strengthening its reputation as a leading provider of high quality training and education to the tourism industry in South Australia.

Large Training Provider of the Year Award

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PEER VEET is a not for profit industry based Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Organisation dedicated to delivering the highest stands of service in training and employment. Recognised within the construction industry for the delivery of high quality, innovative training and assessment, PEER VEET provides training to over 200 VET students, 480 apprentices and over 3000 training courses to tradespeople annually. Furthermore, PEER VEET employs over 500 apprentices and trainees, making it one of South Australia’s largest training and employment providers for the building and construction and related sectors.

Channel 9
Employer of the Year

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Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Department for communities and social inclusion

The guiding principle and vision of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion is “Communities for All: Opportunities for Everyone”. To meet the skill needed for people to perform the diverse roles within its workforce, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has implemented a training framework that develops and recognises the skills of new and existing staff in meeting the specific needs of the organisation’s clients. The framework links skill development to national competencies and qualifications, provides career and learning pathways to recruit and retain staff, build its capacity to deliver its outcomes, and embeds a learning culture within the whole organisation.