Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



21 November 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Tasmania wins national training awards

Tasmania has won 3 national awards at last night's National Training Awards that recognised excellence in vocational education and training.

Fairbrother were awarded the Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award for their ongoing commitment to training and developing their staff over many years.

Heetham Hekmat was awarded Australia's best Vocational Student of the Year award. Heetham spent seven years studying in the VET sector, with the final three years focused on specific training in community services and was an outstanding representative for students.

Caitlin Radford was awarded the prestigious Australian Apprentice of the Year award. Caitlin is a fifth-generation farmer from Moriarty on the North West Coast of Tasmania. She grew up living on the land and has always loved the agricultural industry. In 2018, Caitlin started her Certificate III in Agriculture as a part-time apprentice through the family farming business.

I am especially pleased that both Heetham and Caitlin were trained by TasTAFE - a fantastic endorsement of the quality training delivered by our public provider.

A huge congratulations to all of Tasmania's finalists.



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