Carpentry and joinery apprentice wins WA Apprentice of the Year 2019

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Carpenter Anthony Di Cristofaro from Darch was named the WA Apprentice of the Year 2019. He went from a career in oil and gas to a mature aged apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back.

The father of three is passionate about mentoring the younger generation and championing well-being on the worksite through Mates in Construction. He will now represent WA in the National Awards in Brisbane in November.

In all, thirteen individuals and organisations scooped top honours at the Western Australian Training Awards for their commitment to innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.


The spotlight was on the State's key skill areas including building and construction, social assistance and allied health and STEM which took out the awards for WA Apprentice of the Year, WA International Student of the Year and WA Small Training Provider of the Year.

Now in its 25th year, the WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, training organisations and employers in the training sector.

Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on November 21, 2019.

‘Training is central to supporting the growth and diversification of the Western Australian economy to meet new and emerging skill needs, particularly in key growth areas such as the social assistance and allied health sector’, said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

‘This Government is working to ensure we stay ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future. The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills,’ said Minister Ellery. ‘I congratulate all winners and finalists for their drive to achieve great things and their contribution to ensure a strong VET sector.’

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