Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - North Coast and Mid North Coast

Matthew Matulovic from Tweed Heads and Hugh Lyall from Harrington have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – North Coast & mid-North Coast.

Matthew, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Hugh, who is training with Australian Salesmasters Training, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Matthew is doing an Engineering – Mechanical Trade Certificate II while working at Program Skilled Workforce and Hugh is undertaking a Program Services (Real Estate) Certificate IV while working at LJ Hooker, Taree.

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 North Coast & Mid North Coast Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Matthew Matulovic Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Program Skilled Workforce Engineering - Mechanical Trade Certificate II Tweed Heads
Hugh Lyall Trainee of the Year Australian Salesmasters Training LJ Hooker, Taree Program Services (Real Estate) Certificate IV Harrington
Jordon Anderson Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Screen & Media Diploma Dobies Bight
Aidan Tilmouth School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW P Brady and R J Brady Certificate III in Agriculture Collambatti
Liam Muldoon Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW Gold Fields Australia Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis - Certificate IV Cumbalum
Page last updated: 4 July 2017