Wednesday, 26 April 2017
THE nominations for the best apprentices and workplace educators are in – and now selectors are combing through 79 of the best from across the New England to highlight at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – New England Region.
Member for Northern Tablelands and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall said this year’s Vocational Education Training (VET) awards had attracted entrants from all walks of life from right across the region.
“Of the 79 entrants this year, we have had 23 school based apprentices, with 20 trainees and 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entries,” Mr Marshall said.
“This reflects the tremendous diversity of those taking up VET as a hands-on way into their chosen field. There’s few better ways to learn than directly from an employer, and more and more young people look at apprenticeships as a preferable alternative to University.
“Last year Inverell’s very own Courtney Harrison took home the NSW Apprentice of the year, and I hope a local trainee can help the region win two years in a row. I wish all entrants the best of luck on June 23.”
Inverell is another strong candidate this year, with 14 nominees. Glen Innes and Moree both follow with six nominees each, and Armidale has five talented people in the running.
Mr Marshall said the awards, conducted annually by Training Services NSW, recognised the remarkable achievements of the State’s best VET students and teachers.
“The Awards also provide a platform for the success of Smart and Skilled – the Government’s training framework which provides eligible students in NSW with access to high-quality, affordable training that meets the needs of industry and which leads to jobs,” he said.
Run by Greater Northern skills Development Group, the New England awards Ceremony will be held on June 23. Tickets are expected to sell quickly.
For more information on the awards visit www.training.nsw.gov.au