The search is on for Australia’s vocational skills and training champions, with just one month before applications close for the 2015 Australian Training Awards.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the awards were a great way to recognise those doing important work in the skills and training space.

“I encourage individuals, schools, registered training organisations and businesses to apply for these showcase awards,” said Senator Birmingham.

“For more than 20 years, the Australian Training Awards have highlighted excellence in our national vocational education and training sector.

“Our Government is taking action to strengthen the VET sector and get the best results for students and employers, because it is central to our economic growth and to employment outcomes.

“These awards recognise those helping to deliver a world leading education and training system and help to drive the continued pursuit of excellence.”

The 2014 winner for the Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award, Just Better Care Canberra, is still feeling the benefits of this recognition.

“The award gives us real credibility when we promote ourselves as an employer of choice,” said Fergus Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Just Better Care Canberra.

There are 18 award categories, with seven accepting direct applications and the rest nominated from the best in state and territory training awards programmes.

To apply for a direct entry category before applications close on 29 May, visit or phone 02 6240 8155.

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