Throughout the last few weeks I, and other WSA National office staff have had the opportunity to travel around the country visiting several WSA regions. During these visits we have been able to be a part of presentation ceremonies where we have recognised the efforts of not only the regional competitors but also the dedicated regional volunteers, judges, convenors, trainers and mentors.
On the 22nd of October, I had the privilege of attending the NSW Ministers Recognition function for the NSW based Skillaroos. This has become a regular event following the WorldSkills International competition and provides a great way to recognise and acknowledge the many hours of hard work and training, the dedication and commitment of the NSW-based Skillaroos and Experts as well as the many teachers and trainers who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
Finally, on the evening of the 22nd of November, the Australian Training Awards will be held in Perth. The 20th anniversary of these awards will again shine the spotlight on the VET sector – the apprentices and trainees, the employers and the training providers.
All of these events and activities promote the quality, excellence and innovation within the VET sector – something that we all need to celebrate. By doing so, not only will we showcase champions – whether they are individuals or organisations – who can be held up as examples and role models, but we also recognise excellence which will hopefully set the benchmark for others to follow.