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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (24 September) . .

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ACT Training Excellence Awards

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts) (6.28): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

I briefly want to pay tribute to the recipients of the 2014 ACT Training Excellence Awards. With over 77 years of recognition of hard work and commitment, the awards honour Canberra's leading apprentices, trainees, vocational students, trainers, employers, schools and registered training organisations. They complement the government's commitment to building a well-trained, skilled and flexible workforce.

The percentage of ACT VET graduates gaining employment after training is the second highest in Australia and the percentage enrolled in further study is the highest in the country. Quality training provides benefits not only for the students but also for the community and economy.

The recipients of this year's ACT Training Excellence Awards were: ACT Apprentice of the Year—Jessica Baczynski from Cataldo's Salon; ACT Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year—Mark den Hartog from DHL Express; ACT Vocational School Student of the Year—James Kumar from the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra; ACT Vocational Student of the Year—Rebecca Lyons Wright from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment; ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student, Trainee or Apprentice of the Year—Sally Moylan from the Canberra Institute of Technology; ACT School-Based Apprentice of the Year Certificate II—Veronica Plunkett from St Francis Xavier; ACT School-Based Apprentice of the Year Certificate III—Eylish Perry from Melba Copland Secondary School; ACT VET Teacher-Trainer of the Year—Judith McDonald from St Clare's College; ACT VET in Schools Excellence Award—St Edmund's College; ACT Small Registered Training Organisation of the Year—Australian Business Academy; ACT Large Registered Training Organisation of the Year—Canberra Institute of Technology; and ACT Large Employer of the Year—National Mailing and Marketing Ltd.

Some of the recipients will go on and represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Adelaide in November. I wish them all the best of luck. To all those that were nominated and involved in the awards, congratulations.

Gungahlin Anglican Church

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6:31): I rise to speak about the role that the Gungahlin Anglican Church plays in our community. On Saturday, 20 September Mrs Dunne, Dr Bourke and I had the privilege of attending their 21st birthday celebration at the Forde campus of Burgmann Anglican School.

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