Plumbing teacher taps top award

A plumbing teacher at Victoria University's Sunshine Campus is $10,000 richer after being named Trainer of the Year in the 2011 Victorian Training Awards.

Scott Robinson, a TAFE teacher since 1999, won top honours for designing and implementing a computer-based learning and assessment course that has transformed how VU's plumbing apprentices learn.

The WebCT course allows students to progress through their Certificate III in Plumbing at their own rate and become part of the workforce sooner.

"To train 21st century plumbers, we needed to improve our delivery by allowing students to learn certain aspects from home or the workplace," he said.

Scott says he doesn't mind commuting every day from his Murrumbeena home because he enjoys setting up young people with skills that can give them a job for life.

"I teach because I enjoy it and love it. This award is great recognition of not just my role but the role of the entire team of plumbing teachers at VU."

Scott will go to Brisbane in November to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards.

Now in their 57th year, the Skills Victoria awards 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.

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