MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:55): Recently the Victorian government held the 67th annual Victorian Training Awards. People from right through Victoria joined us online to celebrate our world-class training system. Today I would like to highlight the achievements of our students and apprentices who were recognised at this event. They are testament to the brilliant diversity of careers offered by the VET system and the opportunities that are available throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Apprentice of the Year Andrew Jan is studying plumbing at Bendigo TAFE. After a career in the thoroughbred industry and 18 years as a volunteer firefighter, he chose a career change and is looking forward to working in the plumbing industry. Trainee of the Year Samantha Brown started her traineeship in individual and ageing support and is now enrolled in a diploma of nursing at Federation University. The VET sector supported Samantha to follow her dreams. Vocational Student of the Year Samantha Daly is studying a certificate IV in mental health at Swinburne. Prior to studying, Samantha spent seven years rebuilding her life and recovering from brain injury. She is committed to her study so that she can support others. School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Laura Davidson is studying at SuniTAFE and Mildura Senior College following her passion for hairdressing. Koorie Student of the Year Lucas Price is studying a certificate IV in community services with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association. A proud Gunditjmara man, Lucas has chosen this course as he is committed to making a difference and supporting community. I am so proud of the achievements of all award recipients and the great opportunities they have seized to contribute to Victoria.