Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - New England

Jake Sheppeard from Hilvue and Kate Ottewell from Calala have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – New England.

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

Jake is doing a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) while working at BAE Systems Australia, and Kate is undertaking a Diploma in Leadership and Management while working at Best Employment.

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 New England Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Jake Sheppeard Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW BAE Systems Australia Certificate IV - Aeroskills (Mechanical) Hilvue
Kate Ottewell Trainee of the Year Australian College of Commerce and Management Best Employment Diploma - Leadership and Management Calala
Donald Dundas Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Skillset Ltd (hosted by Warrumbungle Shire Council) Certificate III in Plumbing Coonabarabran
Holly Bourke School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW GTES (hosted by Commonwealth Bank) Certificate II in Business Services Inverell
Ashley Bowen VET in Schools Student of the Year Public Schools NSW, Tamworth N/A Certificate II in Hospitality West Tamworth
Malcolm Collier Vocational Student of the Year Australian Training & Consulting Teys Australia, Tamworth Diploma - Human Resources Leadership and management Westdale
Page last updated: 4 July 2017