GAN Australia, in collaboration with Westvic Staffing Solutions, announced two scholarship winners at the annual AEN Apprenticeships Luncheon this week. The winners represent the highest quality in the Australian Apprenticeships system, and will use their scholarships to take their skills international.

Jayme – WorldSkills Australia winner

Jayme is a carpenter from regional Victoria, who completed his apprenticeship with Westvic Staffing Solutions. In the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championship, Jamye demonstrated his outstanding skills, taking home the gold medal for carpentry.

Unfortunately, Jayme is unable to compete in the WorldSkills International competitions in 2024 due to the age limits. But this won’t stop him from attending. Jayme plans on using his scholarship to travel to Lyon to support the Australian team, while developing his personal and professional skills.

I’ve enjoyed my experience and where this is taking me. I can’t be any more proud of myself!

Leela – Victorian Apprentice of the Year and Australian Apprentice of the Year runner up

Leela is a sous chef from the Mornington Peninsular, who’s amazing story captured the hearts of Australians during last year’s Victorian Training Awards. As the Victorian Apprentice of the Year winner, Leela progressed to the Australian Training Awards where she placed runner up.

Moving into the role of sous chef having only just completed her apprenticeship, Leela is known by her employer as an outstanding chef. She plans on taking her skills to the next level by gaining experience overseas, hopefully in a Michelin Star restaurant.

Back home, Leela has ambitions to use her skills and experience to work with disadvantages communities, supporting refugee women to enter the hospitality industry.

I would really love to open a food social enterprise. My training and my university degree is helping towards that.