Steven Atkins

2014 NSW and Australian VET Teacher Trainer of the Year2014 NSW and Australian VET Teacher Trainer of the Year

Winning the VET Teacher/Trainer of the year award is an amazing honour, and it has given me the opportunity to talk to a larger audience about the benefits of Vocational Education and Training and how the acquisition of skills truly transforms lives.

I have been a Commercial Cookery teacher for 11 years and a commercial Chef for 21 years. I have witnessed first-hand the difference quality training can make to people's lives. The teachers that I had as an apprentice encouraged me to stick with the trade even though the hours were long and the conditions tough I came out the other side as a qualified and employable individual with skills required by my industry.

Being a teacher has allowed me to give something back to my industry area as well as build confidence in learners and encourage them to believe in themselves.

I am proud to say that I am an ambassador for VET and I believe in providing Australians with the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in the workplace resulting in a strong and robust economy.

Steve Atkins

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