2016 Hunter training award winners announced

2016 Hunter training award winners announced

The best and brightest amongst the Hunter’s apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and training providers have been recognised at the 2016 Hunter Regional Training Awards.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro congratulated the outstanding candidates and winners, who exemplify the many pathways and opportunities presented by vocational training.

“Vocational education and training is a pathway to a job across so many industries, for people of all ages,” he said.

“The quality of the finalists and winners was outstanding, showcasing the world class vocational education and training in NSW and I congratulate all participants.”

“From retail to engineering and training for people with a disability, the opportunities in vocational training are endless.”

The evening recognised the exceptional dedication to the chosen careers of apprentices and trainees from the Hunter region across 35 vocations, as well as the commitment of their employers in the provision of quality training, thereby ensuring a highly skilled future workforce in the Hunter.

These awards are made possible by the support and sponsorship of local employers and organisations that have continually shown their faith in both the apprenticeship and traineeship systems by supporting the awards, as well as assisting numerous apprentices and trainees with training and job placement.

Relieving Regional Manager – Training Services NSW, Mrs Amber Bibby, said that currently the Hunter region employs over 12,000 apprentices and trainees.

“This is a significant contribution to the State’s training needs especially with the current skills shortage, and it was great to recognise the contributions and achievement of the award winners,” Amber said.

The major sponsors of the NSW Awards are the NSW Skills Board, The Bight Future Campaign, TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Industry.

The winners will go on to compete at the NSW Training Awards in September, which celebrate the achievements of the best in vocational training in NSW.



  • Business Administration Certificate III – Jodie Kos
Business Administration Certificate IV – Kelly Pearce
  • Frontline Management Certificate IV – Melanie Mackie
  • Early Childhood Education & Care Certificate III – Nicole Cook
  • Early Childhood Education & Care Diploma – Jessica Watt
  • Food Processing Certificate IV – Anne Spallino
Hospitality Certificate III – Samantha Boddy
  • Laboratory Skills – Certificate III – Craig Sharp
  • Laboratory Techniques – Certificate IV – Gabrielle Pracy
  • Automotive Mechanical Technology (Light Vehicle) – Certificate III – Alexander Smith
  • Automotive Mechanical Technology(Heavy Vehicle) Mobile Equipment – Certificate III – Emily Hickey
  • Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle) Mobile Equipment – Certificate III – Aaron Fogarty
  • Automotive Vehicle Body(Vehicle Painting) – Certificate III – Lachlan Richards
  • Bricklaying/Blocklaying – Certificate III – Nathaniel Forbes
Carpentry – Certificate III – Teen Honnery
  • Construction Carpentry Formwork & Falsework – Certificate III – Evan Harris
  • Electrotechnology(Electrician) – Certificate III – Nicholas McLennan
  • Engineering – Fabrication – Certificate III – Dylan Bolch
  • Engineering – Mechanical – Certificate III – Kannon Ford Hairdressing – Certficate III – Annie Hawke
Horticulture – Parks & Gardens – Certificate III – David Oldfield
  • Wall & Floor Tiling – Certificate III – Bryce Hollis
  • Excellence in Trade Skills – Phillip Hyde
  • Phil Darby memorial – Erik Sattler
  • Top Vehicle Trade – Aaron Fogarty
  • Female in Non Traditional Trade – Emily Hickey
  • Stan Rippon Award – Dylan Bolch

Image | Nicholass McLennan – Overall Apprentice of the Year across all Trades

Training Services NSW

Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Industry is responsible for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in NSW.

The NSW Department of Industry leads strategic policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET to support economic, regional and community development.

Training Services NSW is responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult and community education. It undertakes contract management of approved Smart and Skilled training providers and implements quality assurance and performance monitoring to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.

It also offers a one-stop shop for vocational education advice, information and services in NSW.

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