Story: Training Day
Awards recognise the people who are training our future leaders.
The Australian Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon. Gary Hardgrave MP, recently presented the 2006 Minister’s Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices at a gala dinner at Luna Park in Sydney.
The Awards acknowledged 22 outstanding employers from across Australia, representing a diverse range of industries.
“The Minister’s Awards employers have taken on the role and responsibility of training and career development of Australian Apprentices in their local communities to the highest level,” Minister Hardgrave said.
“These winners are nation builders and they are training and nurturing the talent of young nation builders and both are vital in propelling Australia’s economic growth for decades to come.”
A winner on the night was the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation, who was recognised for its commitment to the employment of Australian Apprentices.
Juluwarlu’s mission is to collect, record, catalogue, archive, preserve, re-produce, exhibit and broadcast the culture and history of the Yindjibarndi People of North Western Australia. Juluwarlu currently employs nine apprentices.
“It’s important to study and preserve our people’s traditions, history, language and culture for future generations because it makes us who we are and what we are,” said Rebecca Cheedy, one of Juluwalrlu’s apprentices. “It’s simply irreplaceable.”