Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Central & Northern Sydney

Media release | 15 June 2017

Jordan Cahill from Avalon Beach and Ailidh Morrison from Homebush have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Central and Northern Sydney. Jordan was named local Apprentice of the Year while Ailidh claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

David Collins, Executive Director, Training Services NSW at the Department of Industry said the awards meant that Jordan studying at TAFE NSW, Northern Sydney and Ailidh, training at Train Australia were among some of the state’s best and brightest participants in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Jordan is doing a Certificate III in Horticulture – Landscape Construction while working at the Gardenmakers; and Ailidh in undertaking a Certificate III in Business Services while working at Super IQ.

“Vocational training in NSW is a fantastic pathway to a job across so many industries, for people of all ages,” Mr Collins said. “The quality of the finalists and winners at the Central and Northern Sydney Regional Awards was outstanding, showcasing our world class VET sector right here in the region and I congratulate all participants.

“The NSW Training Awards represent the highest level of recognition for apprentices, trainees and the teachers who participate in VET and they celebrate the outstanding effort thousands of individuals, employers and training organisations put into VET each year.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said the regional award winners would be considered for selection to compete at the NSW Training Awards in September.

“The awards celebrate the achievements of the best in vocational training in NSW and I wish all regional award winners the very best of luck in the State finals in September.

“This year we received a record number of total entries for the awards showing that there’s a renewed energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.

"It's clear that more and more students, parents and employers are recognising the incredible value of vocational training in creating new exciting pathways to rewarding careers  for people throughout the state.

“VET training is offered in NSW for 9 out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the best growth over the next five years and VET can prepare people for jobs in industries like healthcare, bio-tech and cyber security,

“VET is the best pathway to jobs of the future and offers a higher employment rate and more pay – 78 per cent of VET graduates are employed after training versus 69 per cent for University graduates and median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000 versus $54,000 for a Bachelor degree graduate,” Mr Barilaro said.

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2017 Central & Northern Sydney Awards Winners

Apprentice of the Year

Winner

Jordan Cahill

Trained by

TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney

Employer

The Gardenmakers

VET Course

Horticulture – Landscape Construction – Cert III

Town

Avalon Beach

Trainee of the Year

Winner

Ailidh Morrison

Trained by

Train Aust Pty Ltd

Employer

Super IQ

VET Course

Business Services – Business Cert III

Town

Homebush

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander of the Year

Winner

Isaiah Dawe

Trained by

TAFE NSW – Sydney

Employer

Australian Human Rights Commission

VET Course

Vocational & Study Pathways – Cert III

Town

Chippendale

School based Apprentice – Trainee of the Year

Winner

Danny Edwards

Trained by

TAFE NSW – Western Sydney

Employer

Aboriginal Employment Strategy

VET Course

Automotive – Servicing Technology – Cert III

Town

Minchinbury

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Winner

Malia Feeney

Trained by

Public Schools NSW, Ultimo

Employer

N/A

VET Course

Hospitality – Cert III

Town

Phillip Bay

Vocational Student of the Year

Winner

Gillian Markham

Trained by

TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney

Employer

N/A

VET Course

Events Diploma

Town

Cromer