Where are they now?

​​​​​​​Throughout their history, the Victorian Training Awards (VTA) have celebrated the outstanding achievements of a wealth of individuals, teachers, employers and training providers. Their stories are truly inspiring. The VTA's Where are they Now? campaign captures those stories and showcases how the journeys of VTA finalists and winners have unfolded in ensuing years.


Tanya McDonald on education and her experiences of family violence

Mother of four Tanya McDonald enrolled in a Diploma of Community Services at South West TAFE. During her studies, Tanya worked as a paralegal, helping vulnerable women while recovering from her own experiences of family violence.

Victorian Training Award helps Miranda make a difference

Winning a Victorian Training Award has opened up ‘great opportunities’ for Miranda Edwards.

'Life changing' Victorian Training Award for Bret

Being a Victorian Training Award winner has been a ‘life-changing’ experience for Bret Ryan.

Winners of the 65th Victorian Training Awards announced

The training sector’s night of nights saw a record number of nominations.

Annette's Victorian Training Award brings amazing rewards

For Annette Sax, winning the VTA Outstanding Student of the Year Award in 1992 brought personal and professional benefits.

Seventeen years on and still going strong

Sue Meli won Vocational Student of the Year Award in 2002 and the Victorian Training Award still impresses potential clients.

Victorian Training Award grows Chris's gardening career

Chris Henbery is not afraid of change – and having taken on a new country and a new career, he is now reaping the seeds of success.

Victorian Training Award (VTA) is Rory’s gift that keeps on giving

Rory Smeaton’s VTA’s Koorie Student of the Year win in 2010 set off a whirlwind career trajectory that today continues to propel him forward.

VTAs recognise excellence in vocational education and training

13 outstanding apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers won Victorian Training Awards (VTA) on 24 August.

Kate harvests the seeds of success through VET and a Victorian Training Award

Kate Cross always knew she wanted to be a farmer. She began studying to achieve her goal as soon as she could through a VET course.

Victorian Training Award helps Aziz secure his future

When Aziz Raonaq won the 2014 Trainee of the Year at the Victorian Training Awards (VTA), he realised his dream to achieve and be recognised.

Victorian Training Award accelerates Imran’s career

Victorian Training Awards winner Imran Khan’s business career is rising—fast.

TAFE took Kerrilyn to her field of dreams

Kerrilyn landed a job as a farm labourer - and that’s when her dream career began.

Victorian Training Award fast tracks car-lover Sevag’s career

It’s nine years since Sevag started his apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz, and he couldn’t be happier with how his career has progressed.

VTA finalist Linda thrives in the horticulture industry

A career change from the office to the garden opened up plenty of professional opportunities for TAFE graduate Linda Day.