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VU advances to finals of Vic Training Awards

Victoria University will be represented by four finalists in the 2011 Victorian Training Awards – two students, a teacher, and an industry program.

Now in their 57th year, the Skills Victoria awards are the premier event on the state's TAFE calendar. They reward excellence and innovation, and celebrate the valuable contribution that vocational students, teachers, employers and training play in ensuring Victoria has a strong skills base.

Winners in most of the 14 categories will receive cash prizes of $10,000, and could represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

 Vocational Student of the Year finalists:  

  • Catherine Batty, 25, of Flemington completed a Diploma of Youth Work in 2010 and is now studying for a Bachelor of Youth Studies. She is passionate about working with disadvantaged and at-risk young people. 
  • David Tien, 23, of Braybrook completed a Diploma in Information Technology in 2010 and is now studying for an Advanced Diploma of Network Security and an Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering. He acts as a peer mentor for students with computer problems. 

 Teacher/Trainer of the Year finalist:  

  • Scott Robinson teaches in the plumbing department at VU's Sunshine Campus. He has designed and implemented a WebCT course assessment and learning management system which has transformed the learning environment for VU's plumbing apprentices.  

Industry Collaboration Award finalist:

  • VU has collaborated with Toyota Australia since 2005 to deliver VET qualifications in frontline management to Toyota's team leaders, as well as to offer other employees opportunities to increase their career prospects. 

The Victorian Training Award winners will be announced on Friday 2 September at the Crown Palladium.  

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