Three Victoria University students are each in the running for a $10,000 award as finalists in The Victorian Training Awards.
The State Government awards recognise the contribution of apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, training providers and industry in building Victoria's vocational education and training system.
- Daniel Roszak, 27, of Hoppers Crossing, is a Victorian Apprentice of the Year finalist. Daniel is in his final year of a Boilermaker and Metal Fabrication adult apprenticeship at VU. He started work at his present employer, Rylea Engineering in Hoppers Crossing, as a trade assistant in 2003 and has steadily upgraded his skills. He was regional winner in the 2009 Worldskills, a worldwide competition for tradespeople, and winner of VU's Vocational Education Medal of Excellence for the Faculty of Trades and Technical Innovation.
- Victoria McLure, 20, from the Maryborough area and now living in Vermont, is a Victorian Vocational Student of the Year finalist. Victoria completed her Diploma of Youth Work at VU in 2009. Her original plans to study law changed dramatically in her final year of high school when she witnessed several people close to her take their own lives, being killed in car accidents or falling victim to violent bashings, drug use and alcoholism. She volunteers with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and was the Central Goldfields Shire's Young Citizen of the Year in 2007.
- Jye Thompson, 18, of Leongatha and now living in Essendon, is a Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year finalist. Jye is doing his Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation at VU through the Sports Education and Development Australia program, focusing on aquatic sports. In 2008, he was recognised by his school, Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha, for contributing the most to the academic and general growth of the school. He has received numerous other awards and scholarships and was named VU's Most Outstanding School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2010.
There are four finalists in each category. Winners receive $10,000 and go on to represent Victoria at the 2010 Australian Training Awards. The three finalists who do not win their award category each receive $500.
Winners of the 2010 Victorian Training Awards will be announced on 14 September 2010 at Crown Palladium.
The three VU finalists are available for interview. Individual photos are also available.
VU Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer, Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University Ph: (03) 9919 5487