Inverell’s Courtney Harrison bound for national training awards

13 Oct 2016


The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said Inverell’s Courtney Harrison has been named as finalist for the 2016 Australian Training Awards, which recognise excellence in skills and training.


Mr Joyce said Courtney who is a finalist in the the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award, was doing the Inverell community proud and showing others just what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.


Courtney is studying a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) apprenticeship and combined with her work at Deiselequip, has resulted in her having a full understanding of safe and reliable work which has helped her flourish in a traditionally male-dominated workplace.


“She is a shining example to others in the New England Electorate community of the possibilities on offer in our high quality vocational education and training sector,” Mr Joyce said.


“I wish Courtney the best of luck for the 2016 Australian Training Awards.”


Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews, said the Australian Government was pleased to support the awards and congratulated Courtney.


“These peak, national awards recognise our best and brightest students, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia,” Minister Andrews said.


“While we are recognising our highest achievers, there are thousands of success stories every year through our Vocational Education and Training sector as Australians gain the skills industry is looking for to secure the jobs of the future,” Minister Andrews said.


The 2016 Australian Training Awards will be held on Thursday, 17 November in Darwin.


For information on all the 2016 Australian Training Awards finalists, visit 


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