Young cook Taylor Wood is solid gold

Monday, 22 September 2014

Challenger Institute of Technology student Taylor Wood, of Warnbro, has been named Western Australian School-Based Apprentice of the Year 2014.

The award was announced at the WA Training Awards presentation dinner last week by Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames.

“The WA Training Awards is the premier event that allows us to acknowledge and celebrate high achievers in the State’s vocational education and training sector,” Dr Hames said.

“The Awards’ judges were impressed with Taylor’s enthusiasm for her work and her commitment to continue building on the skills she has already learned.

“I congratulate Taylor on her exceptional accomplishment.”

Taylor, a commercial cookery student at Challenger’s Peel campus, has a passion for cooking and being able to create food for people to enjoy. This led her to pursue a career in hospitality and is carrying out her school-based apprenticeship as a chef through Hospitality Group Training, hosted by Matilda Bay Restaurant.

Taylor is a strong advocate for the school-based apprenticeship, as it has allowed her to complete her WA Certificate of Education while also getting a head start on her career. She is keen to share the experiences of her training pathway with others.

Taylor was among just 13 winners of individual and organisation categories, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists.

She will now represent WA at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Adelaide in November.

Applications are open for full time hospitality, tourism and events study at Challenger Institute next year. Food and beverage short courses including coffee making, cake decorating and bar service are also run after hours at the Fremantle and Peel campuses for those interested in learning a new skill or enhancing current competencies. Visit to find out more.

PHOTO CAPTION: Taylor Wood accepts her WA Training Award
(Photo credit - Department of Training and Workforce Development)

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