NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR NSW TRAINING AWARDS

Monday, 15 January 2018

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is urging employers and trainers across the region to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards.

Mr Marshall said nominations for the regional round of the NSW Training Awards were now open and would close on 16 March this year.

“The NSW Training Awards are a chance to recognise and congratulate the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in our region,” Mr Marshall said.

“I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award. This is a chance to show your pride in their efforts and your commitment to their training.”

Once nominations close, they will be assessed and regional award winners will be announced in June. Winners will then represent our region at the State Finals in September where they will have a chance to be named among NSW’s best.

“State winners will compete for NSW for national honours at the Australian Training Awards in November,” Mr Marshall said.

VET students can be nominated if they have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Mr Marshall said the region had enjoyed great success at the statewide awards with Inverell-based Light Vehicle Technician Courtney Harrison taking out the Apprentice of the Year award in 2016.

“Courtney went on to be the runner-up at the national awards – a tremendous achievement for a young woman from Inverell, working in a traditionally male dominated field,” he said. “I want to do everything I can to recognise and celebrate our apprentices and promote the benefits of Vocational Education and Training.

“I want people to know that university isn’t your only option to achieve a rewarding and well-paid career. Our VET sector offers high-quality and affordable training, including in nine out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the highest jobs growth over the next five years, like healthcare, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT and tourism.”

Lodge nominations now for the 2018 NSW Training Awards at
www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/

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