Williamstown center scores training awards

Benjamin Millar

The important social role of the Williamstown Community and Education Center has been recognized in the 2021 Victorian Training Awards.

The Center was named Community Training Provider of the Year in recognition of its education and employment programs across five locations in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

The judges noted that the organization is proud to have increased the number and range of services to the diverse community within the area in recent years.

“It provides traditional services such as digital literacy training and English-language programs for culturally and linguistically diverse students, while recently introducing innovative classes in yoga, meditation, acting and music,” the award noted.

The 67th Victorian Training Awards recognized the state’s best apprentices, students, teachers, educators, and employers.

The winners were selected across six award categories for individuals, four for employers and four for educational organizations as well as the Industry Collaboration Award.

Education and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney said the contribution of the winners of this year’s Victorian Training Awards to society is “incredible”.

“The Victorian skills and training sector has shown great strength through the challenges of the pandemic – and the Victorian Training Awards are a great recognition of our world-class industry.”

AMES Australia CEO Catherine Scarth was awarded the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement for her work in delivering world-class programs that help newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants start a happy and healthy life in Australia.

This year’s awards received the highest number of nominations in more than a decade.

Prize winners received $ 5,000 prize money and a committee will have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in November.

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