Support for AEN WA Awards for Excellence


The Apprentice Employment Network WA (AEN WA) is a not-for-profit registered charity. It is the peak association representing twenty-two Group Training Organisations operating in Western Australia. AEN WA members are located throughout metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Western Australia and deliver apprenticeships and traineeships within a wide range of industries.

Over several years of dedicated effort in association with the AEN WA, Karrinyup Rotary former Vocational Service Director Kay Durrant instigated support sponsorship of the annual Apprentice Employment Network of WA Awards for Excellence. The Karrinyup Rotary awards, which are open to any type of apprenticeship, are to benefit worthy students and assist them in providing the necessary tools of their trades, as they start their careers.

The club has chosen to support categories that are in line with Rotary’s inclusion and diversity pathways. They are:

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Women in Building and Construction Industry, Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • School Based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Apprentice or Trainee of the Year

The Vocational Service team also assisted with assessments, providing a member of the judging panel. Club members look forward to welcoming the winners in each category to a club meeting in the near future and hearing how the sponsorship has made a difference in supporting their careers.

Apprentice Employment Network WA (AEN WA) Executive Officer Irene Walker said ‘The AEN WA is most grateful to the Karrinyup Rotary Club for sponsoring the award-winning apprentices and trainees with very generous supporting donations’. Meet the Award winners.

2022 – 2023 Vocational Service Director Tess Gardner is seen (below right) at the Awards evening with Apprentice Employment Network WA Executive Officer Irene Walker.

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