Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Phil Guthrie happily accepted the teacher/trainer award at the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association’s annual Wurreker Awards on Thursday night.
The awards recognise growing success in Koori education and training and were held at the Aborigines Advancement League at Thornbury near Melbourne.
Mr Guthrie was nominated in the teacher/trainer category for the work he has done with Shepparton’s Academy of Sport, Health and Education.
He is the program’s teaching, learning and training co-ordinator and is busy growing his skills by completing a Certificate III in Fitness and level two AFL coaching qualifications.
Mr Guthrie said the award night was a great experience and it was wonderful to see all the different and worthwhile things happening in the education and training sector.
‘‘When I was there and you see the calibre of the nominations and all the different award winners, it’s very humbling to be among them,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s a lot of good work being done in not only training but in employment.’’
Mr Guthrie said the work being done in employment would benefit so many Aboriginal Australians in helping them gain a clear pathway to a career with a good employer.
He said it was great to see Shepparton gain recognition for the work it was doing in this area.