Limestone Coasts’ Rachael Kelly has been formally recognised as a shining star of Australia’s skills sector after being named a finalist at the 2021 Australian Training Awards.

The Australian Training Awards shine a spotlight on outstanding individuals, businesses, and registered training organisations who demonstrate best practice and innovation in the nation’s vocational education training (VET) sector.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the annual awards are an opportunity for our community to celebrate the skills, commitment and professionalism of Australia’s vibrant VET sector.

‘The Australian Training Awards give us a chance to recognise the significant achievements of our apprentices, trainees, teachers, practitioners, employers and registered training providers,’ Mr Pasin said.

“Rachael Kelly from Mount Gambier has been nominated as a finalist for the Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award.” Mr Pasin said.

“Rachael is currently working to complete Year 12, while simultaneously undertaking a 12-month Certificate III in Business traineeship with Key 2 Sale.” Mr Pasin said.

“As high school Captain, Rachael actively supports change through increasing opportunities for students to ensure their voice is heard. The vision for a student-led development team evolved out of her merit winning Year 12 research project, a legacy she hopes will demonstrate the power students hold when their leadership skills are encouraged.” Mr Pasin said.

“Thank you Rachael for the contribution you are making in both your School and business community, we are so proud of your achievements.” Mr Pasin said.

‘Creating more opportunities for Australians to upskill and reskill in areas of growth and demand is at the heart of our Economic Recovery Plan as we build back from COVID-19, and that’s why we are backing the VET sector with a record investment of $6.4 billion this financial year.’ Mr Pasin said.

The Australian Training Awards, which will be a virtual event on 18 November, will see state and territory award winners compete for the national title. Additionally, the first recipient of the new Outstanding Achievement in VET and Skills Sector Award will be named. The award is presented in recognition of an individual’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the VET and skills sector for more than 15 years.

For information on all the 2021 Australian Training Awards finalists, visit: