Local up for training award
Karratha woman Naomi Beath has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Australian Training Awards in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category.
The awards recognise the best in skills and training nationwide across categories including Australian apprentice, vocational student and teacher of the year.
Ms Beath’s nomination comes only a month after she was announced the winner of the WA Training Award in the same category, which celebrates the achievements of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student with dedication to learning and training.
She is one of eight finalists in the running for the award.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said being named as a national finalist was an immense achievement.
“These peak, national awards recognise our best and brightest students, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia,” she said.
“Congratulations to the finalists on your nomination, and thank you for the fantastic contribution you are making to your community — bringing your skills and enthusiasm to local workplaces.”
Ms Beath, a Kariyarra woman, grew up in in Karratha and moved back to town as an adult after eight years in Perth.
She became qualified in logistics in her first traineeship working at the Woodside Karratha Gas Plant and has since gone on to study and complete a Certificate III in Process Plant Operation.
Fellow north western training award winner Tegan Mossop, of Fitzroy Crossing, is a finalist in the national VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year category.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said local nominees Ms Beath and Ms Mossop were an example for others undertaking training.
“These finalists are a shining example to others in Durack of the possibilities on offer in our high quality vocational education and training sector,” she said.
“Durack bats well above its weight when it comes to the national awards.”
Award winners will be announced in a presentation on Thursday, November 17 in Darwin.