Jul 24, 2023

VACCHO is thrilled to have been nominated as one of the three finalists for Community Training Provider of the Year at the 2023 Victorian Training Awards.

VACCHO’s nomination was formally announced last week by Minister for Training and Skills the Hon Gayle Tierney MP with the Gala Ceremony to take place on Friday, 18 August.

VACCHO were nominated as a finalist for Community Training Provider of the Year alongside Bass Coast Adult Learning and Mountain District Learning Centre.

The award nomination is thoroughly deserved recognition for VACCHO’s hard-working and dedicated training team, our Membership and highly engaged students.

VACCHO became a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in 1999, and by providing wraparound services, advocacy, and support to students throughout and beyond their training, have gone from strength to strength to become one of the largest Aboriginal training providers in Australia.

VACCHO’s Education Training Unit (ETU) students study a range of courses in a number of streams including Aboriginal Health, Business and Leadership, and Social & Emotional Wellbeing.

VACCHO’s training programs are designed to address the essential skills and knowledge required by industry, with graduates leaving VACCHO work ready or upskilled with a variety of opportunities for career development and enhancement.

VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher AO expressed her pride at the ETU’s nomination.

“I am incredibly proud of this nomination – the recognition of Aboriginal organisations and Aboriginal initiatives increases the visibility of Aboriginal culture on the landscape of this country.”

“The work of VACCHO’s ETU training team and their dedicated students encompasses deep Community connections to land, culture, spirituality, ancestry, and family.”

“I’d like to pay tribute to VACCHO’s Members, the training team – and of course the amazing students.”

“For many students this is their second or third course at VACCHO – so it is so fantastic to see students coming back to further diversify their skillset and further their careers.”

VACCHO sincerely thanks the Victorian Training Awards panel for the nomination – and extends its congratulations to all award nominees.

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VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 33 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 65,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.