Robin Scott MP has today congratulated Jnaallii Penrith from Melbourne Polytechnic in Preston for taking out the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year at the 2015 Victorian Training Awards.

The Victorian Training Awards recognise the hard work of Victoria’s apprentices, trainees, training teacher and providers.

Robin Scott MP also congratulated the winners in each of the 14 judged categories, adding they represented the brightest and the best of Victoria’s vocational education and training sector.

The awards – held during National Skills Week – showcase innovation and excellence in our TAFE and training system.

This year’s winners shared in more than $110,000 in prize money and many will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November.

Robin Scott MP said that building a better TAFE and training system was a key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to establish Victoria as the Education State.

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a range of initiatives to better support Victorians to develop the skills they need for the jobs they want, including:

  • The $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is investing in new facilities and supporting TAFEs to better meet their obligations to the community;
  • $50 million for the TAFE Back to Work Fund to support TAFE institutes to partner with industry to deliver 7000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in growing and emerging industries;
  • The independent VET Funding Review, which is developing a more sustainable and stable funding model to better meet the skills needs of Victorians for the long-term; and
  • Accepting all 19 recommendations of the Review of Quality Assurance in Victoria’s VET System to improve training quality and restore student and employer confidence.

Quotes attributable to Robin Scott MP

“I congratulate all winners of this year’s awards, especially Jnaallii Penrith who was awarded the Victorian Koorie Student of the Year Award. Jnaalli completed a Diploma of Business at Melbourne Polytechnic in Preston, where she was also awarded Indigenous Student of the Year in 2014. Jnaallii represents the brightest and best students from across our TAFE and training sector.”

“I’m proud that the Andrews Labor Government is investing in skills and training and
transforming Victoria into the Education State, to prepare young Victorians like Jnaalli
for the jobs of the future.

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