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  • NSW Training Award Nominations Open

    Posted on 15 January, 2018

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson today urged employers and trainers in our community to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards.


    Mr Patterson said nominations for the regional round of the NSW Training Awards open this Monday, 15 January 2018 and will close on 16 March 2018.


    “The NSW Training Awards are a chance to recognise and congratulate the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector,” Mr Patterson said.


    “I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award. This is a chance to show your pride in their efforts and your commitment to their training.”


    Once nominations close, they will be assessed and regional award winners will be announced in June. Winners will then represent our region at the State Finals in September where they will have a chance to be named among NSW’s best.


    “State winners will compete for NSW for national honours at the Australian Training Awards in November,” Mr Patterson said.


    VET students can be nominated if they have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.


    Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the awards are a great way to celebrate the hard-working apprentices, trainees and employers in our state.


    “Last year we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which is a great sign that more and more students, parents and employers in NSW are realising the value of VET,” Mr Barilaro said.


    “I want people to know that university isn’t your only option to achieve a rewarding and well-paid career. Our VET sector offers high-quality and affordable training, including in nine out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the highest jobs growth over the next five years, like healthcare, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT and tourism,” he said.


    Lodge nominations now for the 2018 NSW Training Awards at