WA Training Awards 2015 Presentation Dinner wrap-up!

What a night! With the support of event partner Apprenticeship Support Australia, the 21st WA Training Awards was celebrated in style at last Friday night’s Presentation Dinner.

Hosted by Training and Workforce Development Minister, the Honorable Liza Harvey, the event saw almost 600 guests join us at the Perth Convention and Exhibiton Centre to celebrate the achievements of 24 individual and 18 organisation finalists.

The WA Training Awards was established to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and organisations in the training sector. The level of success was certainly prevalent on Friday night as we met our finalists and listened to their inspiring stories.


The WA Training Awards team would like to thank everyone who attended the event and those who played a part in making it such a wonderful night, including our generous sponsors.

“The Presentation Dinner is always such a fantastic event. It’s a celebration of some extremely inspiring individuals and organisations for all the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year to get to this point. Seeing it all come together is such a thrill for our team,” said WA Training Awards Coordinator, Elysia Tsangarides.

The first award recipient for the night was Crown Perth, who was named Employer of the Year 2015. When accepting the award, Crown’s representative Alicia Gleeson spoke of the extensive training they do with their 5000 staff to prepare them for the 90 million interactions they have with customers each year.

“We take customer service seriously and it is imperative we lift our service standards and aim for best practice,” said Alicia.

“We do a lot of training and development of staff. Our future is our people and their ability to develop is our goal.”


Kahli King Elliott, WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2015

Police cadet Kahli King Elliott was named WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2015. She thanked the WA Police for giving her the opportunity to be a police cadet and thanked her family for their support.

“My great grandparents are here tonight. They flew all the way down from Kununurra especially for this night,” said Kahli.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said it was a ‘double whammy’ seeing Kahli receive her award, as Mrs Harvey is also the Minister for Police.

Sandra Van Der Gaag was named Trainee of the Year 2015 and said that her two year traineeship in Karratha was a wonderful experience.

“I continued to learn and grow at work every day,” said Sandra.


Finalists in the WA Training Awards are of the highest calibre, which makes the process of awarding one winner in each category extremely tough. To be named as a finalist is a significant achievement in itself.

The WA Training Awards team would like all this year’s finalists to be proud of what they have achieved, overcome and contributed and to know that they have a bright future ahead.

“We have no doubt all of you will continue to do wonderful things personally, professionally and in the community and we look forward to seeing where this takes you in the future,” says Elysia.

To view this year’s full list of WA Training Awards recipients, visit our website.

For more images from the big night, check out the WA Training Awards Facebook page.

Eligible WA Training Award category winners will represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Hobart on 19th November 2015.



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