Leaders of tomorrow recognised at annual TAFE NSW Awards

Leaders of tomorrow recognised at annual TAFE NSW Awards

The achievements of TAFE NSW’s brightest students and the contribution of its alumni have been recognised at the 2017 TAFE NSW Hunter and Central Coast Student Excellence Awards.

35 students and three Alumni have been recognised as part of the annual Awards at Noah’s on the Beach last Friday in front of a crowd of more than 180 students, employers and business and community leaders.

The awards, which are supported by 20 industry and business partners, included the announcement of Building and Construction graduate, Matthew Hurley as winner of the 2017 Student of the Year and Medal of Excellence for TAFE NSW Hunter and Central Coast.

Matthew Hurley is a builder with Chris Wade Constructions on the Central Coast and has completed both his trade level Certificate III in Carpentry and Certificate IV in Building and Construction qualifications at TAFE NSW, Ourimbah.

Matthew’s refined skill and passion for the building industry, in particular bespoke architectural projects, has seen him compete in WorldSkills Australia competitions at both regional and national level.

Dubbed as the ‘Trade Olympics’, Matthew won Silver at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne last October and was then selected to receive a prestigious BBM Skilled Futures Scholarship. The Scholarship provides an invaluable opportunity for career development that will see him travel to the UK later this month to undertake a two-week leadership program and work experience with a leading architectural building company.

Singleton Diggers was recognised with the 2017 Industry Partnership Award for its 20 years of collaboration with TAFE NSW to deliver customised industry training for its staff. The training program provides the opportunity for all staff to gain Certificate IV in Hospitality qualifications delivered through an on-the-job traineeship and has resulted in a 90% employee retention rate.

Winners of the 2017 Alumni Awards are:

  • Contribution to Business Award – Troy Rhoades-Brown, Head Chef and Owner of Muse Restaurant and Muse Kitchen;
  • Contribution to Community Award – Luciane Sperling, author of ‘Touched by Love, Turning Crisis into a Blessing’ and Founder of My Inner Light; and
  • Emerging Talent Award – Thomas Goodwin, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student at The University of Newcastle.

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager North, Elizabeth McGregor said that the 2017 Awards highlighted the value of industry relevant vocational education and training in skilling the workforce of tomorrow.

“Our award winners are the future industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners of tomorrow. The awards represent the diversity and breadth of skills learning, educational pathways and career opportunities that are possible through TAFE NSW,” Elizabeth said.

“Importantly these awards also recognise the skills our graduates have developed through practical, hands-on and industry relevant training. This training prepares students for the jobs that will support the growth of existing and new industries across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.”

IMAGE | Matthew Hurley was awarded 2017 Student of the Year at the annual TAFE NSW Awards.


TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest training and education provider with more than 500,000 enrolments and 1,200 courses. As an education innovator, we’re focused on shaping the future through state-of-the-art facilities, systems, technology and teachers. Our graduates are equipped for the jobs of today and the careers of the future.

TAFE NSW offers the best of campus-based delivery as well as flexible, online and work-based learning. Collaboration, diversity and the strong relationships between our locations contribute to and magnify the value of TAFE NSW and importantly, the benefits that we deliver to communities and the economy of NSW.


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