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Wodonga TAFE wins Australian Defence Industry Award

Monday, 30 September 2019

Wodonga TAFE has won the Academic Institution of the Year Award at the Australian Defence Industry Awards for 2019.

The Australian Defence Industry Awards recognises leading professionals and partners, who have effectively led to the growth and strengthening of Australia’s defence and national security capabilities.

Wodonga TAFE has for many years enjoyed a highly productive relationship with the Australian Defence Force, with the institute supporting Defence training nationally. Wodonga TAFE plays a vital role in ensuring Defence Force personnel receive training to the highest standards wherever they are located throughout Australia.

Wodonga TAFE’s provision of training to Defence includes: Driver Training for the Army School of Transport; Technical Trades Training for the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; Medic training for the Army School of Health; forklift operator training and licence testing for the Army School of Ordinance; and Driver, Machinery and Plant operator Training for Navy.

In the last year Wodonga TAFE trained over 5,200 Defence personnel across 12 locations. Providing 118 individual courses, including nationally recognised qualifications from Certificate II to Diploma level, accredited unit skill sets,licencing and Defence specific courses. Wodonga TAFE is a lead academic institution partnering with the Australian Defence Force in modernising their training effort.

Wodonga TAFE CEO Phil Paterson stated, “It’s an honour to be awarded this accolade. It speaks highly of our enduring partnership with the Australian Defence Force, which enables innovation to achieve transformational training outcomes.”

Phil added, “This amazing achievement is just further proof of what the Victorian TAFE sector can achieve with industry and community partnerships, especially to win against high calibre finalists such as; Australian Maritime College, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. Our thanks to all our staff, whose dedication and commitment have made this award possible.”


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