In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology has been recognised for excellence within the Vocational Education and Training sector, being presented with two awards at the 2015 Victorian Training Awards.

Chris Henbery, who completed a Certificate III in Horticulture (Retail Nursery) with Swinburne, was awarded the 2015 Victorian Apprentice of the Year.

A mature aged student who undertook his apprenticeship through Braeside’s Gardenworld, Chris said he was thrilled to have been recognised for his hard work.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have won this award. I’ve had a fantastic apprenticeship with great support and opportunities,” Chris said.

“One day I hope to open my own nursery and offer apprentices the same opportunities that I’ve had.”

Swinburne Professional Writing and Editing teacher, Kate Herbert, was also recognised at the 2015 Victorian Training Awards, picking up the VET Teacher/ Trainer of the Year Award.

Kate, who also writes weekly theatre reviews for the Herald Sun, was recognised for her dedication and commitment to ensuring that all students are taught in a way that is relevant to them.

Kate said that she felt honoured to have received the award, given the high calibre of nominees.

“I’m really excited about this award. It is a great opportunity to celebrate all the years I have worked in Vocational Education,” she said.

Swinburne was one of only two organisations to receive more than one award at the 2015 Victorian Training Awards.

Winners of the awards each receive a $10,000 fellowship and the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2015 Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November.

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