Where are they now – Jonte Pike

Jonte Pike - WA Vocational Student of the Year 2011

Jonte Pike – WA Vocational Student of the Year 2011

In 2011, Jonté Pike won WA Vocational Student of the Year and was also named runner-up Vocational Student of the Year at the Australian Training Awards later that year.

In the three and a half years since her win, Jonté Pike has established a fashion label which is receiving national and international attention.

Jonte Designs collection

Jonte Designs collection

“Winning the WA title and then runner-up nationally was a humbling and exciting experience,” Jonté said. “The win validated and encouraged me to set up Jonté Designs, and the whole experience has opened many doors.

During this time, she managed to stock her label in stores in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and has also showcased her designs overseas, including at the South Korea Textile Trade Show.

“The mentoring and assistance provided to the winners of the WA Training Awards, in preparation for the national competition gave me networking and life skills which continue to help me with my business to this day.”

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Jonte at work on a photo shoot for her collection.

Jonté has had the opportunity to further enhance her skills through two textile scholarships in Japan in 2011 and 2014.

“Jonté Designs has been included in several WA fashion shows, such as the Perth Fashion Festival, and this year I am thrilled to be nominated for the WA Fashion Awards in the ‘Designer for Tomorrow’ category,” she said.

“In addition, I was involved in the Miss WA Galaxy Australia finals in February – I was asked to be a judge and I also dressed two of the girls for the competition, which has provided great publicity.”

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This year Jonté will also be setting up her own showroom and studio in Balcatta which will include an evening wear hire element to the business.

“It will be great to have a location where people can liaise with me directly and I can showcase my collections to my audience and clients.”

When it comes to applying for the Awards, Jonté said there was nothing to lose and so much to gain from the experience.

“Don’t be nervous during the interviews,” she said. “Just think of it as having a conversation about what you love doing and the training you had.”

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“Having the opportunity to meet with very talented people in their chosen fields was one of my highlights. It was so inspiring being in a room filled with people who are from different study backgrounds, all being so very passionate about what they do.”

Where do you want to be in three years? Put yourself in the spotlight and let the WA Training Awards help you get there! Apply today at dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards

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