NSW Training award winners announced


The winners of the 2011 Training Awards have been announced at a gala dinner in Sydney.

More than 850 guests attended the prestigious event to celebrate and recognise excellence in the vocational education and training sector.

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli hosted the dinner at Darling Harbour congratulating winners and finalists in 16 award categories.

The Award winners are:

Individual awards

Apprentice of the Year - Brendon Hillsley
Trainee of the Year - Renee Zacher
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - Joshua Toomey
School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Madeleine Leigh
Vocational Student of the Year - Galit Segev
VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year - Robert Lawson

VET in Schools awards

VET in Schools Student of the Year - Benjamin Costa
VET in Schools Excellence - Picton High School

Organisation awards

Large Employer of the Year - Sydney Ferries
Small Employer of the Year - Clovelly Community Bank
Large Training Provider of the Year TAFE NSW – New England Institute
Small Training Provider of the Year - Equalis
Industry Collaboration Award - OCTEC
Top Apprentice in the Vehicle Trades - Bryan McFawn
Excellence in Trade Skills - NaSharna Maskey
Phil Darby Memorial Award - Harata Syme

Several of the winners will now be considered for Australian Training Awards, to be presented in Brisbane in November.

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