Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Central Coast

Jai Sampson from North Gosford and Paul Sanders from Halekulani have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Central Coast.

Jai, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Paul, who is training at Statewide Business Training, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Jai has completed a Certificate III in Carpentry while working at Central Coast Council, while Paul is doing a Certificate IV in Hospitality while working at Halekulani Bowling Club.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Regional NSW and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the regional award winners would go on to be considered for selection to compete at the NSW Training Awards in September.

“The awards celebrate the achievements of the best in vocational training in NSW and I wish all regional award winners the very best of luck in the State finals in September.

“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.

“This year we received a record number of total entries for the awards showing that there’s a renewed energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.

“We also recently launched a VET repositioning campaign to change the public perception of VET into one that aligns a VET education with providing better pathways to rewarding, in-demand jobs now and in the future.

“According to the independent recent Skilling Australia report, VET training is offered in NSW for 9 out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the best growth over the next five years including jobs in industries like healthcare, bio-tech and cyber security, agriculture, ICT, and tourism.

“VET also 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,” Mr Barilaro said.


2017 Central Coast Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Jai Sampson Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Central Coast Group Training (CCGT) Carpentry - Certificate III North Gosford
Paul Sanders Trainee of the Year Statewide Business Training Halekulani Bowling Club Hospitality - Certificate IV Halekulani
Stevie Aston Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Central Coast Local Health District Allied Health Assistance - Certificate III Gosford
Rachel Gray School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd KFC, North Wyong Retail Services - Certificate III Wadalba
Jakeb Brownlow VET in Schools Student of the Year International Football School N/A Sport & Recreation - Certificate II Lisarow
Matthew Hurley Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW Chris Wade Constructions Building and Construction - Certificate III Wamberal
Page last updated: 11 July 2017