FORTY-FIVE finalists across Perth have been announced as part of the 2023 WA training awards, with five hailing from Echo News’ readership suburbs.
Finalist Federica Ceretta, originally from Italy, but now based in High Wycombe, is up for international student of the year.
Ms Ceretta has recently completed a diploma of early childhood education.
“The course in early childhood education and care has genuinely helped me to pursue my dream to work in the early years education field in a professional way, giving me the support of my amazing trainers along with the knowledge, skills and qualifications necessary to work here in Australia,” she said.
Ms Ceretta said she loves being an integral part of a child’s educational foundation and prides herself on nurturing positive outcomes in children’s physical and mental health.
Anthony Nelson-Burns from Aveley, who completed a certificate three in engineering (mechanical trade) is in the running for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year.
Mr Nelson-Burns completed his apprenticeship through Fortescue Mining, an opportunity which has given him greater confidence, personal and professional growth and allowed him to become a greater mentor to his children.
Hannah Morrison from Toodyay is in the running for WA trainee of the year, and Jemma Carbonell of Henley Brook is nominated for school-based apprentice of the year. Ms Morrision has completed a certificate three in early learning, while Ms Carbonell is currently in the process of obtaining the same certificate.
Ms Morrison is following her passion by working with children and advocating for their rights, while Ms Carbonell said her traineeship has allowed her personal growth and development, alongside gaining an insight into her chosen industry and cementing her career pathway.
Amir Musavi, living in The Vines, is nominated for the cultural diversity training award for his work completing a certificate four in fitness.
Originally from Afghanistan, Mr Musavi has not only started a new life here in Perth but has also been coping with Stargardt disease, a rare genetic condition of the eye.
Mr Musavi said pursuing fitness studies has transformed his life and led him to find his passion and personal fulfilment by working as a personal trainer.
“Looking ahead, I want to continue to grow my fitness business to help more people.
“Additionally, I dream of starting my own theatre company to create captivating shows and share meaningful stories,” he said.
Winners of the 2023 training awards will be announced in September.