Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Central & Northern Sydney

Jordan Cahill from Avalon Beach and Ailidh Morrison from Homebush have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Central and Northern Sydney.

Jordan, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Ailidh, who is training at Train Australia, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Jordan is doing a Certificate III in Horticulture- Landscape Construction while working at the Gardenmakers; and Ailidh is undertaking a Certificate III in Business Services while working at Super IQ.

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 SkillingAustralia 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 and Northern Sydney Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Jordan Cahill Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW The Gardenmakers Horiculture - Landscape Construction Certificate III Avalon Beach
Ailidh Morrison Trainee of the Year Train Aust Pty Ltd Super IQ Business Services - Business Services Certificate III Homebush
Isaiah Dawe Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Australian Human Rights Commission Vocational & Study Pathways - Certificate III Chippendale
Danny Edwards School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Aboriginal Employment Strategy Automotive - Servicing Technology - Certificate III Minchinbury
Malia Feeney VET in Schools Student of the Year Public Schools NSW, Ultimo N/A Hospitality - Certificate III Phillip Bay
Gillian Markham Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Events Diploma Cromer
Page last updated: 4 July 2017