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Recognising excellence and innovation

The NSW Training Awards are the peak awards for vocational education and training.

These prestigious awards recognize and celebrate achievement, excellence and innovation in the training sector in NSW.

This year’s awards, hosted by the NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, were held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

A record of more than 1000 applications were received across the 16 award categories.

More than 870 guests from the training sector, business, government and community attended the award presentation.

Supported by families, friends, employers and trainers, the finalists walked the red carpet before taking the stage, where MC Adam Spencer paid tribute to winners and finalists for their achievements and commitment to training.

Industry Update was again a proud media sponsor of the NSW Training Awards.

Publisher Scott Filby presented the award for the VET in Schools Student of the Year to Benjamin Costa from Dubbo College Senior Campus.

Benjamin, who was trained by TAFE NSW – Western Institute School – is currently employed by Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprises and host employer NSW Police.

Mr Filby congratulated Benjamin who has become a role model for aboriginal people.

Past award winners Garath Ross, Russell Freeburn and Gabriella Morona were honoured as ambassadors for the 2011 NSW Training Awards.

Gabriella, the 2010 NSW and Australian Trainee of the Year, is now in her second year of Agricultural Economics at Sydney University.

With practical, hands on skills she learned during her traineeship, Gabriella now has the advantage and confidence of understanding the reality of a fully operational farm and the many challenges of this competitive industry.

Gareth, the 2010 NSW Apprentice of the Year, and runner up Australian Apprentice of the Year, is now making a name for himself in the hospitality industry.

Gareth works at Bistro Molines, a ‘one hat’ restaurant in the Hunter Valley where he completed his apprenticeship.

Russell Freeburn, the 2010 NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year presented the Acknowledgement of Country and encouraged others to take advantage of the benefits to be gained from professional training.

This year’s award winners will go on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

NSW Training Awards
Ph 1800 306 999
www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au