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Message from the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education

The NSW Training Awards celebrate the achievement of apprentices, trainees and students from school through to mature-age workers returning to education later in life.

They testify to the high standard of vocational education and training in NSW and remind us of the important role training performs in meeting economic and social needs.

Vocational education and training is the engine room of our economic life.

With about 950 apprenticeship and traineeship courses on offer in NSW it is difficult to exaggerate the contribution our apprentices and trainees make to the economy.

The NSW Training Awards are growing every year and a number of our winners will now represent the State at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

Our previous achievements at these awards confirm why NSW leads the country in vocational education and training.

The success of the NSW vocational education and training sector is as much a reflection of our talented students as it is of the gifted trainers and teachers that guide them. That is why, for the first time, we introduced a new award category – the VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year.

This award pays tribute to the dedication and leadership that trainers and teachers deliver to our students. Without this commitment the NSW education system would not be so highly regarded. I was very proud to announce the inaugural winner of this award.

I commend all the winners and finalists on their achievements this year, as well as the friends and families that have supported these students through their education.

Vocational education and training is the backbone of our economy and without your contribution we would not be in the prosperous position we are today.

Adrian Piccoli
Minister for Education