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2015 SA Training Award Winners

Individual Awards


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Apprentice of the Year

Jessica Wooley, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Jessica Wooley

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by SA Power Networks

Jessica is a licenced electrician working in high-voltage with SA Power Networks. She completed her Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician with 10 Distinctions and five Credits and was nominated for the 2012 SA Power Networks Apprentice of the Year. She won the 2014  ‘Playford Medal’, awarded to the best fourth year apprentice, and will represent SA Power Networks in an international utilities event in Hong Kong. Jessica’s initiative and innovation was recognised when an electronic calculation sheet she designed for transformer ratio tests was integrated into the company’s quality system.

Jessica impressed the judging panel with her commitment to training, her communication skills and her potential leadership qualities. As a shy young apprentice working in a maledominated field, Jessica has built resilience and confidence throughout her apprenticeship and aspires to further training and future leadership roles.


Trainee of the Year

Timothy Spurling, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Timothy Spurling

Certificate III in Horticulture 
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by SA Government, Botanic Gardens of South Australia 

Tim’s personal and professional background has a common thread: a keen, ongoing involvement with the environment. In his personal life, he tries to contribute meaningfully to the natural environment, working in collaboration with others on ways to improve human interaction with the landscape and its resources. For the past three years, Tim has been doing a traineeship at the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, completing a Certificate III in Horticulture, and gaining valuable broader experience, learning from professionals and interacting with members of the public, to ‘connect people with plants’. 

Tim impressed the judges with his achievements and unwavering support for traineeships and vocational education and training.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Student of the Year

Breeanna Folley, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Breeanna Folley

Certificate III in Retail Supervision
Trained and employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd

Breeanna’s passion to pursue a career in retail impelled her to complete a Certificate III in Business while she was still at school. She is now the Assistant Restaurant Manager at KFC in Murray Bridge and is undertaking a Certificate III in Retail Supervision. Breeanna loves going to work every day and sharing her knowledge with her team members and peers. She hopes to be a mentor and an ambassador for young Aboriginal people in the future.

The judging panel said that Breeanna was a confident, articulate and proud young Aboriginal woman with a thorough knowledge of the value of training and the importance of being a role model. They were impressed with her advanced communication skills, her pride in her culture and her motivation to continue her study and achieve her career goals.

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Vocational Student of the Year

Madeline Ziegler, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Madeline Ziegler

Certificate III Aged Care and Disability
Trained by KMC Community Service Training
Employed by Waikerie Multi-Purpose Service

Madeline attended Waikerie High School and studied a Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability with KMC Community Training. Madeline has won numerous awards as a student, including the KMC VET Student of the Year, Waikerie High School VET Student of the Year and Rotary Riverland and Mallee VET Student of the Year. She has taken the next step in her career path and is now in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing (Pre Registration). 

The panel was impressed with Madeline’s enthusiasm for her training and career and how highly she regards the opportunities vocational education and training has afforded her.

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School-based Apprentice of the Year

Reece Jongenelis, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Reece Jongenelis

Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)
Attends Marcellin Technical College
Trained by MTC Training
Employed by P-One Electrical

Reece has always had a keen interest in the technical fields and has a passion to make a difference in the world. He is studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology while attending Marcellin Technical College and is employed by P-One Electrical. As an apprentice electrician, Reece takes pride in representing his industry to the community and his fellow peers.

The judging panel said Reece showed a strong passion for design, technology and his industry, and presented a maturity and awareness well beyond his 16 years. He demonstrated a high-level, big picture view on skills training and gave strong examples of the importance of technological development and how it featured in his career goals.

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VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year

Geoff Way, 2015 SA Training Awards Finalist

Geoff Way

Employed by CMI Toyota Adelaide

Geoff was born and raised in South Australia and has always been passionate about cars. As a child, his teachers would inform his parents about drawers full of confiscated toy cars. Geoff has worked in the automotive industry for 32 years and is the Apprentice Training Manager for Commercial Motor Industries Toyota Adelaide (CMI Toyota). Geoff says cars are in his blood, and he loves transferring both his passion and his technical skills to apprentices.

The judging panel said Geoff displays genuine interest and passion for his students. He adapts his training delivery to suit individuals’ ability and leads by example, drawing his own learning experiences to impart knowledge to his students. Geoff believes in self-directed learning and adopts a mentoring role with his students.


Organisation Awards

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Industry Collaboration Award


Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North

Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North is part of a national network of 55 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to develop the region. They are funded by the Australian Government, the Government of South Australia and the 11 local councils in the region. The Caring Careers Project collaborates with regional employers, registered training organisations, community leaders and government to support and develop the aged care workforce across the Yorke and Mid North region.

The Caring Careers Project impressed the judges with the potential to tailor the collaborative program to cover the needs of the aged care and community services sector across regional South Australia.

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Small Training Provider of the Year


North East Vocational College

Established in 2006, North East Vocational College delivers specialised training in construction, business, retail and financial services. Its purpose-built facilities incorporate outdoor practical training and a mobile training unit, enabling training
delivery in all areas of the state. The college’s main focus is on apprenticeships, but it also runs programs for unemployed and/or Aboriginal people, on projects such as refurbishing Housing SA properties. The college links its programs closely with industry to boost students’ employability, with the mission of providing people and business with the tools to succeed.

The judging panel saw first-hand the collaborative and strong partnerships NEVC has developed with program partners, students, schools, government and community. They work together to achieve effective training and meaningful employment outcomes, with a positive impact on successful learners’ lives.

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Large Training Provider of the Year


Time Education and Training

Time Education and Training is a leading provider of quality corporate and nationally accredited training, consultancy and support services. Time started in 2004 and has developed from a small training organisation to a successful national provider, with high quality service provision and effective, sustainable governance and management. Customised facilities, training rooms and state of the art equipment offer clients the choice of a high quality training venue or on-site delivery.

The judging panel was impressed with Time’s commitment to quality training, quality learning materials, workplace diversity and continuous improvement linked to completion and employment outcomes and career pathways.

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Small Employer of the Year


Bowhill Engineering

Murraylands fabrication business Bowhill Engineering (Boweng) is a specialist in heavy and complex engineering, with a focus on overcoming challenges. The small family business prides itself on its professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure project success, linked in with industry needs. Boweng has a ‘lean systems implementation’, which means all staff are committed to a well ordered and highly efficient working environment, complementing the health and safety component of the organisation.

The judging panel was impressed with Boweng’s philosophy on staff development and a happy productive team as the key to business success.

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 Employer of the Year


SA Power Networks

SA Power Networks manages South Australia’s electricity distribution network, delivering electricity to approximately 845,000 residential and business customers across the state. SA Power Networks provides meter reading and street lighting, and also competes successfully for construction and maintenance contracts involving electrical infrastructure projects for government and the private sector. It employs approximately 2200 people and is one of South Australia’s largest organisations, with a major commitment to safety and training.

The panel was impressed with the company’s lowest ‘lost time due to injury’ across Australia compared to other power industry organisations, its high staff retention rate and internationally recognised ‘best in industry’ skills - all of which stemmed from its emphasis on quality training.