The Gordon Awards for Excellence 2019

Top Gordon students announced

The Gordon announced its excellent students of 2018 on Wednesday 27 February at The Pier in Geelong. Around 300 guests attended the event which recognises students who have gained the highest standards and display outstanding commitment to training, community involvement and leadership.

The event saw 45 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: administration, animal studies, automotive trades, building design, building trades, beauty services, business and technology, conservation and land management, cookery, early childhood and care, electro technology, graphic design, hairdressing, information technology, landscape construction, nursing, patisserie, plumbing, sports turf management, VCE and visual arts.

The winners of the two highest honours bestowed on the night were Darcey Ballinger, Hairdresser for the Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by Gforce Employment Solutions and Jacob Champion, Park Ranger for the Student of the Year Award sponsored by Deakin University.

Photos from the award ceremony coming soon!

Congratulations to all nominees for your outstanding efforts!

And the winners are...

Automotive Apprentice Award

Sponsor - Hip Pocket Workwear
Winner – Ryan Kurray
Course – Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Employer – Westvic Staffing Solutions
Host employer – Warrnambool City Council

Construction Excellence Award 

Sponsor – Spence Construction
Winner – Tim Gliszczynski
Course – Certificate III in Joinery
Employer – West Coast Windows


Environmental Excellence Award

Sponsor – Victorian Group Training Company 
Winner – Jacob Champion
Course – Diploma of Conservation & Land Management
Employer – Parks Victoria


Gordon Culinary School Apprentice Award

Sponsor – MEGT
Winner – Jennifer Gordon
Course – Certificate III in Cookery
Employer – Denny's Kitchen


Hairdressing Apprentice Award

Sponsor – Apprenticeship Support Australia
Winner – Christina Briskoska 
Course – Certificate III in Hairdressing
Employer – Salon Euphoria


Licensed Trades Apprentice Award

Sponsor – Middy’s Data and Electrical
Winner – Ciza Mulashe
Course – Certificate III in Plumbing
Employer – Custom Edge Roofing


Art & Design Excellence Award

Sponsor – Signific
Winner – Aron Babington
Course – Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
Employer – Balance Design Studio


Business & Technology Excellence Award

Sponsor – Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Winner – Lyndal Stokes
Course – Certificate IV in Health Administration
Employer – Geelong Hospital

Community Services Excellence Award

Sponsor – City of Greater Geelong
Winner – Catherine Brooking
Course – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Employer – Dickory Dock

Hair & Beauty Excellence Award

Sponsor – Print Design Australia
Winner – Amanda Dempster
Course – Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Specialist Make up Services)


Health & Science Excellence Award

Sponsor – ISS Facilities Services
Winner – Natalie Dinardi Peixoto
Course –  Diploma in Nursing


Hospitality, Cookery, Tourism & Events Excellence Award

Sponsor – Leura Park Estate
Winner – Aki Shindo
Course – Certificate III in Patisserie
Employer – The Public Cafe


International Excellence Award

Sponsor – Avalon Airport
Winner – Edward Frau
Course – Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
Country of Origin – Italy


School Based Apprentice/Trainee Excellence Award

Sponsor – Geelong Manufacturing Council
Winner – Heidi Rasmussen
Course – Certificate III in Companion Animal Services 
School – Point Cook Secondary College


VCE/VET in Schools Excellence Award

Sponsor – Deakin University
Winner – Finn Bond
Course –  VCE, Year 12
School – The Gordon


Community Spirit Award

Sponsor – Geelong Connected Communities
Winner – Olivia Pritchard


Lifelong Learning Award

Sponsor – Skilling the Bay
Winner – Karen Vassallo


Apprentice of the Year

Sponsor – Gforce Employment Solutions
Winner – Darcey Ballinger
Course - Certificate III in Hairdressing
Employer – Taboo on Ripon


Student of the Year

Sponsor – Deakin University
Winner – Jacob Champion
Course –  Diploma of Conservation & Land Management
Employer – Parks Victoria



Congratulations to our winners!




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