Scot MacDonald
14th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated three Central Coast based winners from the 2018 NSW Training Awards held Wednesday evening at Sydney Town Hall.

TAFE NSW and the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) were awarded the Industry Collaboration award, North Construction and Building the Medium Employer of the Year and Katayoon Karimodini from Glenning Valley the Vocational Student of the Year.

Since 2014 TAFE NSW and the CCLHD had worked together to increase training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal youth in the local health sector through school based traineeships.

North Construction has been operating in Tuggerah for the past 30 years. The team includes 12 apprentice carpenters and 13 building cadets, and records an apprenticeship completion rate of 95%.

Katayoon was honoured for her studies in a Diploma of Community Services at TAFE NSW while working as a co-ordinator at the Northern Women’s Health Centre. She completed her diploma in just a year and immediately secured employment in the industry.

“North Construction is one of the largest locally owned and operated construction businesses with a permanent workforce of 90 workers which ensures a stable construction team from start to finish of any project.”

“CCLHD was looking for a training partner for its Aboriginal Employment Strategy to develop a pipeline of talent for its future workforce and TAFE NSW was a perfect fit.”

“Katayoon’s manager says she is a natural leader and a good listener who is able to balance family life, study and work while excelling in all areas.”

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,” Mr Barilaro said.

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