Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Illawarra

Scott Clarke from North Wollongong and James Wishart from Wollongong have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Illawarra.

Scott, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while James, who is training at the Australian College of Commerce and Management, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Scott is completing a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade while working at Broadspectrum Australia. James is doing a Certificate IV in Information Technology – Support while working at the Australian College of Commerce and Management.

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 Illawarra Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Scott Clarke Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade North Wollongong
James Wishart Trainee of the Year Australian College of Commerce and Management Australian College of Commerce and Management Certificate IV in Information Technology - Support Wollongong
Stella Crick Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year Tocal College Office of Environment and Heritage - National Parks and Wildlife Services Certificate III in Conservaiton and Land Management Paterson
Oktay Turkmen School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year Murray Mallee Training Company Reece Australia Certificate II in Transport and Logistics - Warehousing Operations Swan Hill
Emily Lavis VET in Schools Student of the Year Catholic Education Office Canberra & Goulburn N/A Certificate III in Agriculture Forrest
Alexander Sevastis Vocational Student of the Year Apex Training Solutions N/A Diploma of Business Summerland Point
Page last updated: 11 July 2017