Record nominations for NSW Training Awards

Media release | 1 May 2017

A record number of more than 1,000 nominations have been received for the NSW Training Awards 2017, the State’s premier celebration of the best Vocational Education and Training (VET) talent in NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the awards, conducted annually by Training Services NSW, recognised the remarkable achievements of the State's best VET students and teachers.

“It's clear that more and more students, parents and employers are recognising the great value of vocational training in creating new and exciting pathways to rewarding careers and employment for people throughout the state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’m pleased to say that in total we’ve seen a record number of 1090 nominations for the 2017 NSW Training Awards, that’s up from 961 last year.

“The Awards represent the highest level of recognition for apprentices, trainees and teachers who participate in VET, championing the outstanding efforts of thousands of individuals, employers and training organisations.

“They also form 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 is helping meet the needs of industry and leading to jobs.”

Mr Barilaro said that nominations for the NSW Training Awards will now be assessed by regional panels before the awards presentations begin in June.

“Most individual award category participants will compete at regional finals with regional winners then go on to compete at the State final in September, with those State winners then competing for NSW nationally,” he added.

The regional round of Award presentations begin in the Riverina on 9 June followed by Central and Northern Sydney on 14 June; North Coast, Western NSW, Western Sydney and the Hunter on 16 June; Central Coast, Southern and South Western Sydney on 22 June; New England on 23 June; and Illawarra on 30 June.

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