Scot MacDonald
4th Jul 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated six Hunter studentson their achievement in taking out awardsat the recent 2017 NSW Training Awards – Hunter.

The students were:

  • Ben McDonald from Cessnock, Apprentice of the Year, trained by Hunter Valley Training Company and employed by Peabody Wambo underground mine, studying Electrotechnology – Electrician Certificate III
  • Reece Arday from Belmont North, Trainee of the Year, trained by TAFE NSW and employed by Port Stephens Council, studying Business Administration Certificate IV
  • Rochelle Troughton from Belmont North, Vocational Student of the Year, trained by TAFE NSW and studying Leadership and Management Certificate IV
  • Jackson Harvey from Belmont North, School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, trained by TAFE NSW and employed by Hunter New England Local health District, studying Health Services Assistance – Acute Care
  • Dylan Bolch from Woodrising, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander of the Year, trained by TAFE NSW and employed by Macquarie Manufacturing, studying Engineering Certificate IV
  • Kirrilly Tooney from Thornton, VET in Schools Student of the Year, trained by TAFE NSW and employed by Red Alert Laser Tag, studying Tourism Certificate III

Mr MacDonald said the six winning students were among some of the state’s best and brightest participants in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

 “Vocational training in NSW is a fantastic pathway to a job across so many industries, for people of all ages and all the category winners have done our region proud and the Hunter winners have done our region proud” Mr MacDonald said.

“The quality of the finalists and winners at the Hunter Regional Awards was outstanding, showcasing our world class VET sector right here in the region and I congratulate all participants.

“The NSW Training Awards represent the highest level of recognition for apprentices, trainees and the teachers who participate in VET and they celebrate the outstanding effort thousands of individuals, employers and training organisations put into VET each year.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said “VET is the best pathway to jobs of the future and offers a higher employment rate and more pay – 78 per cent of VET graduates are employed after training versus 69 per cent for University graduates and median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000 versus $54,000 for a Bachelor degree graduate,”

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