Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Riverina

Samuel McGruer from Brungle and Madison Coelli from Leeton have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Riverina. Samuel was named local Apprentice of the Year while Madison claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award at the awards ceremony last week.

David Collins, Executive Director, Training Services NSW at the Department of Industry said the awards meant that Samuel and Madison, both graduates of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, were among some of the state’s best and brightest participants in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Sam has completed his apprenticeship and is now doing a Diploma of Electrical Engineering while working as Trainee Maintenance Technician (Protection) at Snowy Hydro. Madison is undertaking a Dual Diploma of Logistics Management and Leadership and Management while working at Southern Cotton.

“Vocational training in NSW is a fantastic pathway to a job across so many industries, for people of all ages,” Mr Collins said.

“The quality of the finalists and winners at the Riverina Regional Awards was outstanding, showcasing our world class VET sector right here in the region and I congratulate all the winners and finalists.

“The NSW Training Awards represent the highest level of recognition for apprentices, trainees and teachers, and they celebrate the outstanding efforts of thousands of individuals, employers and training organisations,” he said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said regional winners would be considered for selection to compete at the NSW Training Awards in September.

“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 Western Sydney and Blue Mountains Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Samuel McGruer Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Snowy Hydro Electrotechnology Electrician Cert III Brungle
Madison Coelli Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Southern Cotton Business Services Business Admin Cert IV Leeton
Brenden Maxwell Aboriginal & Torrest Strait Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Temora Avaiation Museum Engineering Aeroskills (Mechanical) Cert IV Temora
Declan Lynch School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Andrew Kiddle Engineering - Jewellery Manufacture, Cert III Griffith
Matthew Fellows VET in Schools Student of the Year Wagga Wagga High School & TAFE NSW N/A Engineering (Metal) Cert I, Construction Pathways Cert II and Fitness Cert III The Rock
Hayley Crouch Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Hospitality Commercial Cookery Cert III North Wagga
Page last updated: 4 July 2017