Scot MacDonald
14th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Lucy Allen from Morpeth, who was named the School Based Apprentice/Trainee (SBAT) of the Year at the 2018 NSW Training Awards held Wednesday evening at Sydney Town Hall.

Mr MacDonald said Lucy completed a nursing traineeship at Maitland Hospital as part of her HSC where she earned praise from hospital staff who said she was often mistaken for a registered nurse due to her knowledge and maturity.

Lucy said she’d always wanted to pursue a career that combined helping people and working in a close-knit team and fast-paced environment.

“Nursing is an industry where I can go home knowing that I made some sort of difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the students, educators and training providers represented at the NSW Training awards were living proof NSW’s Smart and Skilled Vocational Education and Training (VET) system was a first-class choice for a rewarding career and lifestyle.

“We’ve committed $2.2 billion to skills development initiatives in the recent Budget including $285 million to make all apprenticeships fee-free over the next four years so we expect to see many more great VET students like Lucy,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I congratulate Lucy on winning her award and wish her all the best for the Australian Training Awards in November.” 

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by the NSW Department of Industry in recognition of outstanding achievements in VET.

The Vocational Student of the Year Award is sponsored by the NSW Skills Board while the School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year is sponsored by the NSW Department of Education.

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