The Gordon Awards for Excellence 2018

Top Gordon students announced

The Gordon announced its excellent students of 2017 on Wednesday 21 February at The Pier in Geelong. Around 300 guests attended the event which recognises students who have attained the highest standards and display outstanding commitment to training, community involvement and leadership.

The event saw 47 students vie for $12,500 in prize money across 19 award categories.

The nominees represented a broad cross-section of trade and vocational areas including: animal studies, building design, building trades, beauty services, business and technology, celebrancy, cookery, early childhood and care, electro technology, fashion design, graphic design, hairdressing, laboratory technology, landscape construction, screen and media, sports turf management, travel and tourism VCE and visual arts.
The winners of the two highest honours bestowed on the night were Dermott O’Connor, sports turf manager for the Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by Gforce Employment Solutions and Mandy Dollery, graphic designer for the Student of the Year Award sponsored by Deakin University.

Take a look at photos from the award ceremony here.

Congratulations to all nominees for your outstanding efforts!

And the winners are...

Construction Trades Apprentice Award 

Sponsor – Fagg’s Mitre 10
Winner – Omaid Qayyumi
Employer – Keystone Bricklaying


Environmental Apprentice Award

Sponsor – Victorian Group Training Company 
Winner – Rhiannan Glenister
Employer – Surf Coast Shire


Gordon Culinary School Apprentice Award

Sponsor – MEGT
Winner – Carla Box
Employer – The Fat Cow Food Company


Hairdressing Apprentice Award

Sponsor – Apprenticeship Support Australia
Winner – Rebecca de Bruin 
Employer – Impressions in Hair


Licensed Trades Apprentice Award

Sponsor – Middy’s Data and Electrical
Winner – Lewis Mansfield
Employer – Gangi Electrics


Art & Design Excellence Award

Sponsor – Signific
Winner – Lara Henry 
Employer – Gwendolynne Bridal


Business & Technology Excellence Award

Sponsor – Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Winner – Melissa Cavallo
Employer – Cotton On


Community Services Excellence Award

Sponsor – City of Greater Geelong
Winner – Sharen Cations


Hair & Beauty Excellence Award

Sponsor – Print Design Australia
Winner – Cara Zhao


Health & Science Excellence Award

Sponsor – ISS Facilities Services
Winner – Shelley-Anne Jacobs


Hospitality, Tourism & Events Excellence Award

Sponsor – Leura Park Estate
Winner – Allie Gorman
Employer – Eddie & Wills

International Student of the Year

Sponsor – Avalon Airport
Winner – Sha Zaini
Country of Origin -  Singapore


School Based Apprentice/Trainee Excellence Award

Sponsor – Geelong Manufacturing Council
Winner – Abbey Halton 
School – Bellarine Secondary College


VCE/VET in Schools Excellence Award

Sponsor – Deakin University
Winner – Taylah Mason
School – Sacred Heart College


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Excellence Award

Sponsor – The Gordon
Winner – Pauline Cassady (Torres Strait Islander)


Community Spirit Award

Sponsor – Geelong Connected Communities
Winner – William Dines


Lifelong Learning Award

Sponsor – Skilling the Bay
Linda Hawtin


Apprentice of the Year

Sponsor – Gforce Employment Solutions
Winner – Dermott O’Connor
Employer – 13th Beach Golf Links



Student of the Year

Sponsor – Deakin University
Winner – Mandy Dollery




Congratulations to our winners!




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