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Wollongong City Council

Young talent to shine in regional training awards

Monday 17 February 2020

Talented trainees and apprentices will have their opportunity to shine in the Illawarra South East NSW Regional Training Awards, launched this morning at the Wollongong Art Gallery.

The awards aim to recognise and promote vocational education and training excellence in the Illawarra and South East regions of NSW.

They are run each year by the Illawarra Vocational Training Committee (IVTC), comprising representatives from employers, group training companies and government agencies, on behalf of the Department of Training NSW.

“The training awards are a key event on the vocational education calendar,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“They are an opportunity to recognise local achievement and the excellence of school-based trainees, trainees and apprentices in workplaces, and students in vocational studies.

“All education is important and vocational education is increasingly important in preparing people for work.

“Our schools and registered training organisations in the region do a fantastic job of this, which is evidenced by the high standard of nominations each year.’’

The launch opens the awards for nominations, with the eventual regional winners going on to represent and compete against other regions in NSW, and those winners progressing to the National Awards.

Wollongong City Council employees won two awards in 2019 - Sports Turf Management apprentice Kurt Foulger from Fairy Meadow was named Apprentice of the Year, while Human Resources Trainee Chloe Dwyer from Towradgi took out the Trainee of the Year award.

“The training awards also allow us to show other regions what incredible talent we’re growing locally,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

The 2020 regional training awards open for nomination include:
-  Apprentice of the Year
-  Trainee of the Year
-  Vocational student of the Year
-  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the Year
-  School based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
-  VET in Schools Student of the Year
-  VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Nominations can be submitted at the Training Services NSW website.