As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victorian Training Awards, I reflect on all the years of passion, innovation and aspiration that have brought us to this point: lives transformed through skills, jobs that have supported families, and vocational education and training (VET) graduates who have helped build our state.
It’s humbling to draw that thread from the past to the present, but it’s also inspiring to look at where Victoria is now.
In 2024, Victoria boasts a nation-leading vocational education system, with 12 TAFEs and 4 dual-sector universities.
And it’s clear that a robust vocational education system will remain at the centre of Victoria’s ongoing growth and prosperity, just as it was when the Victorian Training Awards were first launched in 1953.
We must be proud of where we’ve come from and continue celebrating the outstanding achievements of our VET system.
In that spirit, I encourage you to get involved in this program. You may know someone who’s an excellent teacher or trainer or a passionate apprentice or trainee who’s breaking new ground in the industry. Perhaps that person is you.
Read through this guide, seek out the support you need to get your nomination across the line, and above all, don’t hesitate – nominate.
Here’s to another 70 inspirational years.
Dr Xavier Csar
Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery