Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Hunter

Ben McDonald from Cessnock and Reece Arday from Belmont North have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Hunter.

Ben, who is studying at the Hunter Valley Training Company, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Reece, who is training at TAFE NSW, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Ben has completed a Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician while working at the Peabody – Wambo underground mine. Reece is undertaking a Cert IV in Business Administration while working at Port Stephens Council.

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 Hunter Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Ben McDonald Apprentice of the Year Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) Electrotechnology - Electrician Certificate III Cessnock
Reece Arday Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Port Stephens Council Business Administration - Certificate IV Belmont North
Dylan Bolch Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Macquarie Manufacturing Engineering Certificate IV Woodrising
Jackson Harvey School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Hunter New England Local Health District Health Services Assistance - Acute care Belmont North
Kirrilly Tooney VET in Schools Student of the Year TAFE NSW Red Alert Laser Tag, Beresfield Tourism Certificate III Thornton
Rochelle Troughton Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Leadership & Management Certificate IV Belmont North
Page last updated: 11 July 2017