Scot MacDonald
21st Jan 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging employers and trainers in the Central Coast and Hunter to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards.

Mr MacDonald said nominations for the regional round of the NSW Training Awards are currently open and will close on 16th March 2018.

“The NSW Training Awards are a chance to recognise and congratulate the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award. This is a chance to show your pride in their efforts and your commitment to their training.”

2017 Award Winners included Mr Darek Figa from Blue Haven who was awarded VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year, Joshua Terras from Jewells who was awarded Top Apprentice in Vehicle Trades Award and Michael Wilkinson from Mayfield who was awarded Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Award.

VET students can be nominated if they have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the awards are a great way to celebrate the hard-working apprentices, trainees and employers in the Central Coast and Hunter.

“Last year we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which is a great sign that more and more students, parents and employers in NSW are realising the value of VET.

“I want people to know that university isn’t your only option to achieve a rewarding and well-paid career. Our VET sector offers high-quality and affordable training, including in nine out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the highest jobs growth over the next five years, like healthcare, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT and tourism,” he said.

Lodge nominations now for the 2018 NSW Training Awards at