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Double win for Centre of Excellence at Victorian Training Awards

15 Sep 2010

The Centre of Excellence for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing won in both its nominated categories at last night's 2010 Victorian Training Awards Presentation Dinner held at Melbourne's Palladium at Crown.

Nominated in both the Victorian Training Initiative of the Year and the Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award categories, the Centre of Excellence had to complete a rigorous application and interview process to make it to the finalist stage.

The nomination for Victorian Training Initiative of the Year was in recognition of the Centre's delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in Auslan while the nomination for the Client Service/Support Excellence Award category was based on the overall work undertaken by the Centre of Excellence.

During last night's presentation, Cathy Clark (Coordinator for the Centre of Excellence) was presented with a certificate, trophy and a cheque for $10000 for each category. The Centre of Excellence Team is now in contention to represent Victoria at the 2010 Australian Training Awards in Sydney on Friday 19 November in the Training Initiative category.

Operating under the auspices of NMIT and administered through the Institute's Vocational Pathways Department (Preston campus), the Centre of Excellence has been in existence since 1993 and is funded by Skills Victoria to work on a systemic level to provide information and advice to the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector - particularly teaching staff - in order to enhance the participation and learning experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It also provides niche training programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Centre works closely with disability liaison staff across all TAFE institutes in Victoria.

“It's thrilling that the work of the Centre of Excellence has been formally recognised at such a high level,” said Libby Hughes, Head of NMIT's Vocational Pathways Department

“The Victorian Training Awards are really prestigious and widely recognised by training providers throughout the State. Winning in one category was exciting but to win in two was something special and a great testimony to the hard work and professionalism of the Centre of Excellence team.”

The Victorian Training Awards program promotes and rewards outstanding achievements and innovations by students, apprentices, trainees, teachers, employers and training organisations across 14 categories to build a world class vocational education training system in Victoria.

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