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2016 ACT Training Award Winners

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The best of the best in Canberra’s vocational education and training (VET) sector were tonight celebrated at the 2016 ACT Training Awards, covering the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training organisations in the ACT.

Successful local business, Bond Hair Religion in Kingston was named the 2016 ACT Small Employer of the Year. Winners of this award must demonstrate a commitment to training their employees and encouraging and assisting them in their employment-related development.

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Jenni Tarrant, owner of Bond Hair Religion

The multi-award winning salon, with a vision to be passionate, innovative, creative, consistent, excellent and known, has been trading for the past 11 years and boasts a very loyal clientele. This was evident  at the end of 2015, when over 300 had booked more than a year in advance and some had booked twice per week, ensuring their preferred time and stylist were locked in.

To ensure their vision continues to provide an excellent service to their clientele and staff satisfaction, Bond Hair Religion engages in regular training activities to improve on professional skills, creativity enhancement and personal development. As a result, Bond Hair Religion has grown to a team of 12, including five apprentices, ensuring Bond Hair Religion’s standards, ethics and expertise continues for both staff and clientele.

Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris presented awards to the best apprentices, trainees and students in vocational education and training.

“It is fantastic to see a small business that invests so much into the regular professional development of its staff, recognised at these Awards,” said Minister Fitzharris. “With five apprentices in the team, Bond Hair Religion is a great example of an employer that is dedicated and committed to the ACT VET sector.”

Minister Fitzharris also congratulated Jacob Keed, who is this year’s ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander award winner. Recent data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research shows there has been a 30.6 percent increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in VET in the ACT, from 294 students in the first three months of 2015 to 384 in the same period in 2016, well above the national increase of 10.3 percent.

“Jacob has done a fantastic job in his role with the Community Bus Team, and this award is a testament to his work with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to assist vulnerable people across Canberra.

“I would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists of the 2016 ACT Training Awards, and I wish all of our ACT representatives the best of luck at the Australian Training Awards in November.”

All individual winners from the ACT Training Awards will go on to represent the ACT at the Australian Training Awards being held in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

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