Lo­cal up for train­ing award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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