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Melbourne Polytechnic students and staff finalists in Victorian Training Awards

29 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Melbourne Polytechnic's student and staff finalists in the Victorian Training Awards, announced today.

Two Melbourne Polytechnic students have been announced as finalists in the Victorian Training Awards.

Melbourne Polytechnic staff were also nominated for Victorian Training Awards.

Effie Bougias, teacher in the English as an Additional Language program, has been nominated as Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Effie has been teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) to mothers of preschool children in the Mother and Child English Language Program (MCELP) over the past three years. This innovative program was one of four programs which formed the Supporting Parents-Developing Children (SPDC) project in the City of Hume, a partnership between Melbourne Polytechnic, VICSEG New Futures, and the City of Hume. Together with the cross disciplinary team, made up of education, health and community workers, Effie was instrumental in the overall development of this program. Seven sites were established during this period in early years school community hubs or other community settings in the City of Hume.

Tim Gilbert, Manager of Transnational Programs in the Melbourne Polytechnic International Office, and Shane Lawtey, leader of the Melbourne Polytechnic Student Life & Media (SLAM) unit, have both been nominated for the Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award.

Tim Gilbert has worked with the Melbourne Polytechnic International team to advance the program into new regions and improve the learning experiences of both local and international students. As a result of this work, Melbourne Polytechnic's International Office won the 2014 Victorian International Education Award for Excellence in International Education – TAFE.

The Melbourne Polytechnic Student Life & Media (SLAM) unit was established in 2012 to provide a range of services and events that support and facilitate student engagement. As the leader of the SLAM team, Shane Lawtey has led a significant change and growth process that has resulted in SLAM becoming an integral communication source between the institute and current students. The SLAM team won the prestigious Best New Event 2014 award at CampusLink Conference Awards Ceremony in Sydney, for SLAM’s Good Health Week.

Congratulations to all! The winners, who share in more than $110,000 in prize money, will be announced at the awards ceremony during National Skills Week on 28 August 2015.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.