Hunter Trade College student takes out fourth consecutive win at the Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards

Hunter Trade College student takes out fourth consecutive win at the Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards

Hunter Trade College students have once again excelled at the Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards, winning regional awards for Vocational Student of the Year, School Based Trainee of the Year or VET in Schools Student of the Year.

This year’s winner, Jake Smith, is studying Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation as part of his Higher School Certificate program. Jake said he chose this course because he grew up listening to his dad talk about his work as a plant mechanic and has always enjoyed pulling things apart, seeing how they work and putting them back together.

Hunter Trade College CEO, Mallory Gleeson attributed the recognition to Jake’s determination and hard work over the past two years, his teachers’ dedication, and the support of his host work placement employers.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this award with Jake as he prepares for the next stage, an interview for the NSW Training Awards,” Mallory said.

The win follows the College’s prestigious School Pathways to VET Award in 2021 at the Australian Training Awards.

Mallory said the College’s awards achievements at both regional and national levels showcase its success in helping students to achieve their goal of gaining an apprenticeship in their chosen trade.

“An essential part of that success is the College’s role in supporting the local automotive, construction, electrotechnology and metals engineering trades to source apprentices. Many local employers identify potential apprenticeship candidates by engaging in the College’s work placement program.

“Our students complete their Higher School Certificate while gaining significant work experience and working towards a vocational qualification.

“We support over 200 students each year through our trade-focused programs, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue a trade career. The program is a great alternative to more traditional senior school options, particularly for students who know that they want to pursue a trade career.

“Over 80 per cent of students at Hunter Trade College transition into apprenticeships or other employment, representing the opportunities VET can provide young school leavers. Our programs engage students in a unique blend of traditional education and hands-on training, leading them to apprenticeships and future employment,” Mallory said.


IMAGE | Jake Smith

Hunter Trade College

Hunter Trade College is an independent senior school and registered training organisation in the Hunter Region of NSW. The College is a not-for-profit charity governed by a board of voluntary industry and educational professionals.

Hunter Trade College facilitates 23 nationally recognised qualifications covering the trade areas of automotive, construction, electrotechnology and metal engineering. The school’s infrastructure includes industry-standard workshops and equipment for training. Hunter Trade College employs vocational teachers and trainers with solid industry backgrounds to ensure students receive relevant industry training.

Since its establishment in 2006, approximately 2,255 students have participated in a unique blend of general, vocational and workplace learning. Hunter Trade College includes a work placement program that provides up to ten times the work experience required for a HSC industry framework subject. Students can graduate with a HSC, an entry-level vocational qualification, several first-year apprenticeship units of competency and more than 100 days of workplace experience. As a result, a high proportion of its students transition into apprenticeships or employment at the completion of high school.

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