Training Services NSW Executive Director David Collins has congratulated Toby Dorn of Bolwarra and Renee Keir of Eleebana on taking out top honours at the 2018 NSW Training Awards for the Hunter region held tonight in Newcastle.
Toby who studied Aeroskills Mechanical at TAFE NSW while working at Jetstar at Williamtown was named local Apprentice of the Year. Renee who trained at Australian Training and Consulting while working as a Customer Service Officer at Lake Macquarie Council was named Trainee of the Year.
“Toby and Renee have proven to be among the State’s best and brightest Vocational Education and Training (VET) students,” Mr Collins said.
“Toby has been a standout aeroskills mechanical apprentice with Jetstar and is on a brilliant aviation career path having already obtained a commercial pilot’s licence and an Advanced Diploma in Aviation.
“Renee has excelled across a range of council areas as a Customer Service Officer including reception where her supervisor reports that she has a fantastic attitude to her work and customers.
“While Toby and Renee are exceptional VET talents, the quality of all finalists and winners at the Hunter Awards has provided a showcase of our world class VET sector and I congratulate them all,” Mr Collins said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said regional winners would compete at the NSW Training Awards state finals in September.
“The Training Awards pay tribute to our apprentices, students, trainees, educators and training providers from all over the state and show how VET is a great pathway for a rewarding career,” Mr Barilaro said.
“They provide a fantastic platform for us to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in the success of our Smart & Skilled VET system which provides students in NSW with high quality and affordable training.
“VET offers a strong alternative to university with graduates getting into work sooner, getting paid more on graduation, and getting training in occupations predicted to have the greatest new job growth over the next five years.”
For more information on VET in NSW: vet.nsw.gov.au
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