Top students named at the 2017 NSW Training Awards - Western Sydney and Blue Mountains

Matthew Luke from Green Valley and Trudi Schenko from Kellyville have taken out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – Western Sydney and Blue Mountains.

Matthew, who is studying at TAFE NSW, was named local Apprentice of the Year while Trudi, who is training at International Child Care College, claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.

Matthew has completed a Certificate III in Horticulture - Landscape Construction while working at Landscape Solutions Australia. Trudi is undertaking a Diploma in Community Services – Early Childhood Education & Care while working at Gracelands Early Education Centre.

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 Sydney and Blue Mountains Training Awards Winners
Winner Name Category Trained by Employer VET Course Suburb
Matthew Luke Apprentice of the Year TAFE NSW Landscape Solutions Australia Certificate III in Horticulture - Landscape Construction Green Valley
Trudi Schenko Trainee of the Year International Child Care College Gracelands Early Education Cenre Diploma in Community Services - Early Childhood Education Kellyville
Mark Doughty School Based Apprentice - Trainee of the Year TAFE NSW Skyline Landscape Services Horticulture - Parks and National Gardens Certificate III Mt Druitt
Jordan Clappara VET in Schools Student of the Year Trustees of the Catholic Church, Parramatta N/A Business Services Certificate II Woodcroft
Rubaba Waseeq Vocational Student of the Year TAFE NSW N/A Property Services - Real Estate Certificate IV Silverwater
Page last updated: 4 July 2017