Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Advisory Committee

About the Committee

Central Coast Apprenticeship and Traineeship Advisory CommitteeThe committee was formed in late 2004 in response to an identified need to promote apprenticeships and traineeships and other vocational education and training within the Central Coast Region.

Rates of youth unemployment are extremely high on the Central Coast. The committee gathers and disseminates information to those involved in the employment and training of apprentices and trainees. We encourage school students to consider vocational training as a pathway for employment to promote a skilled workforce, and increase the awareness of employers and the community regarding the benefits of participating in apprenticeships or traineeships.

We provide input at a local level to appropriate government bodies regarding vocational education and training within the Central Coast region, and the impact of apprenticeships and traineeships within the employment sector.

We are also a catalyst for a networking environment bringing stakeholders together, such as Registered Training Organisations, employers, government and independent schools, employer associations, community organisations, Australian Apprenticeships Centres, Group Training Organisations and employment assistance agencies.


We have held an annual Awards Night since 2005. The Central Coast Training Awards is our showcase recognising local achievement for people who actively participate in recognised training by rewarding excellence and by acknowledging their contribution to building a productive and prosperous economy. Our awards are then able to compete at the State and National levels.

The awards ceremony is part of the Australian Training Awards. The awards recognise the exemplary commitment made by businesses, organisations and individuals to our nation's training system, and reward them for their outstanding efforts in skilling young people everywhere. Some local success stories who went on to further awards include: 

  • 2016 - Jarrad Page State finalist Apprentice of the Year
  • 2016 - Jeffrey Rodrick State finalist Trainee of the Year
  • 2015 - Riley OKeefe State finalist VET in Schools Student of the Year
  • 2015 - Shaynoa Davison State finalist School Based Apprentice of the Year
  • 2015 - Phillip James State finalist Apprentice of the Year
  • 2014 - Wyong Shire Council took out Large Employer of the Year in
  • 2014 - Jameela Smith - NSW Aboriginal & Torres Stait Islander of the Year, and finalist in the Australian Awards.
  • 2012 William Peters - NSW Apprentice of the Year, and finalist in the Australian Training Awards
  • 2008 - Brenton Pearce, NSW Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year and runner up for School Based Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Training Awards
  • 2006 - Wyong High School NSW VET in Schools Excellence Award
  • 2005 - John Ralph's Camera House, NSW Small Business of the Year.
    This company was also chosen to compete at the 2005 Australian Awards, and Lynn Cowie, the former Chairperson, was the General Manager for this company at the time.
  • 2004 - Glenning Valley Child Care Centre, NSW Small Business of the Year

Other activities

The CCATAC Committee has participated in or organised local events such as:

  • Central Coast Try a Skill,
  • Central Coast Careers Expo,
  • CCGT Training Award election committee,
  • Central Coast Peer Validation Committee,
  • Launch of the CC Regional Training Awards,
  • Conducting interviews for Regional Training Awards and other local awards.

Current Executive Committee

  • Christiana Mergan- Chairperson
  • Michael Brolley- Vice Chair
  • Nareeda Tinnock- Secretary
  • Ann McClintock- Treasurer
  • Rhonda Anderson- DoE Representative


For more information about the Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Advisory Committee or the Central Coast regional Training Awards, please contact:

  • Grahame Saunders - Phone: 02 4926 7300


  • Christiana Mergan - Mobile: 0407 944 647
  • CCATAC, PO Box 3495, Tuggerah NSW 2259

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Page last updated: 24 July 2017