Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Southern and South Western Sydney

Blake Mulroe from Ingleburn and Gemma White from Chester Hill have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards for the Southern and South Western Sydney region.

Blake, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Gemma, who is training at Tocal College, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Blake has completed a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology and a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology and has recently taken on a permanent position with CJD Equipment after completing his apprenticeship.

Gemma is doing a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management while working a trainee Field Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

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 Southern and South Western Sydney Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Blake Mulroe Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW CJD Equipment Certificate III - Mobile Plant Technology - Certificate III Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology Ingleburn
Gemma White Trainee of the Year Tocal College Office of Environment and Heritage - National Parks and Wildlife Service Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management Chester Hill
Dylan Hutchinson Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW The Maxima Group Certificate II in Business Services Sutherland
Nicholas Capovilla School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year Association of Independent Schools Dean Brown Constructions Certificate II in Communication Pathways Barden Ridget
Rose Cox VET in Schools Student of the Year Public Schools NSW, Ultimo N/A Certificate II in Hospitality, Kitchen Operations Strathfield
Malarie Webster Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Diploma in Hospitality Lue
Page last updated: 4 July 2017