Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Western NSW

Shaun Van Uum from Bathurst and Christian Bond from Tibooburra have taken out the top honours at the recent 2017 NSW Training Awards – Western NSW.

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

Shaun has completed a Certificate IV in Carpentry while working with Hines Construction.

Christian is undertaking a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management while working at the Office of the Environment and Heritage.

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 Western NSW Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Shaun Van Uum Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Hines Construction Carpentry Certificate IV Bathurst
Christian Bond Trainee of the Year Tocal College Office of the Environment and Heritage Conservation and Land Management Certificate III Tibooburra
Maddison Griffiths-Leonard Aboriginal & Torres Islander Student of the Year TAFE NSW Skillset Ltd Community Services Certificate III Orange
Jonathan Emeny School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Michael Emeny Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) Certificate III Grattai
Matthew McCauley VET in Schools Student of the Year Public Schools NSW, Wagga Wagga N/A Agriculture Certificate III Mount Rankin
Kathleen Hevesi Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Community Services Diploma Orange
Page last updated: 4 July 2017