The HVTC Group’s high achievers were celebrated for their accomplishments recently at the 2022 HVTC Excellence Awards presentation event, held at Noah’s on the Beach in Newcastle.
The awards provide an opportunity for HVTC Group apprentices, trainees, and students to be recognised for excelling in their chosen training pathways, as well as highlighting the valuable support and training opportunities facilitated by our host employers.
This year’s awards saw achievements recognised across NSW, with individual and business winners spanning across 10 of HVTC’s regional locations.
HVTC CEO, Sharon Smith, said this year’s winners reflect the diversity of training and career opportunities available through vocational education and training (VET) pathways.
“The array of vocations and training opportunities represented by this year’s HVTC Excellence Award winners highlights the value of VET in offering a diverse range of pathways for people looking to commence in the workforce, as well as those looking for a career transition,” Sharon said.
“For dual-award winner, Kasey Lewis, a career in electrotechnology was not always on the cards. Originally a graphic designer, Kasey decided that she needed a change, so she pursued an electrical apprenticeship and undertook a pre-apprenticeship course to give her the upper hand with her applications.”
“Now in the second year of her apprenticeship with HVTC and host employer, Origin Energy, Kasey is taking everything in her stride and achieving outstanding results in her training,” said Sharon.
“Our Trainee of the Year, Finlay Hegarty, has gone down a different path and decided to take on a surveying traineeship straight out of school. After completing his Cert III, Finlay has gone on to complete a Cert IV and now Diploma in surveying before securing a full-time role with his host employer, Shoalhaven City Council.”
“No two career journeys are the same, but the vast opportunities available through VET pathways allow anyone to get into an industry they are passionate about,” Sharon explained.
Sharon also commended the businesses that were recognised in this year’s Excellence Awards.
“Each of our host employers play a pivotal role in HVTC’s operations, providing on-the-job training opportunities for our apprentices and trainees,” Sharon said.
“We currently have over 250 host employers across NSW equipping people with real industry skills and experience, preparing them for future roles within the host business or for future employment in their chosen field.”
“Across our network of host employers, HVTC is proud to employ over 750 apprentices and trainees in a range of vocations. The achievements of our hosted employees are proof that VET pathways lead to successful careers.”
“On behalf of HVTC, I would like to congratulate all winners and finalists in the 2022 HVTC Excellence Awards and wish you the best for your future careers,” Sharon finished.
Congratulations to this year’s recognised award winners:
- Milton Morris Encouragement Award – Kasey Lewis (HVTC Hunter – Hosted to Origin Energy)
- Milton Morris Encouragement Award – Shaani Monson (HVTC North West – Hosted to Whitehaven Coal)
- RTO Student of the Year – Kasey Lewis (HVTC Hunter – Hosted to Origin Energy)
- RTO Online Student of the Year – Anny Le (HVTC Sydney – Hosted to Service NSW Bondi Junction)
- RTO Achievement Award – Zackery Barry (HVTC Hunter – Hosted to Alfabs Engineering)
- School-Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Jorgieah Perry (HVTC Mid Coast – Hosted to Garden Village Port Macquarie)
- Woman in Non-Traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Taylor Vandijk (HVTC Sydney – Hosted to Sutherland Shire Council)
- Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Sophia De Vries (HVTC Southern Tablelands – Hosted to Service NSW Goulburn)
- Trainee of the Year – Finlay Hegarty (HVTC Shoalhaven – Hosted to Shoalhaven City Council)
- Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended – Matthew Lewis (HVTC Northern Rivers – Hosted to Aloha Interiors)
- Apprentice of the Year – Michael Owen (HVTC Hunter – Hosted to NCIG)
- HVTC Employee of the Year – Ashley Kelly (Human Resource Advisor)
- Host Employer Innovation Award – Service NSW
- Host Employer Safety Award – BlueScope (HVTC Illawarra)
- Small Host Employer of the Year – O’Brien Plumbing Tamworth (HVTC North West)
- Large Host Employer of the Year – Origin Energy (HVTC Hunter)
- Overall Host Employer of the Year – Alfabs Group (HVTC Hunter)
HVTC provides a range of customised workforce solutions to meet the changing training and workforce needs of business and industry.
We help employers recruit, manage, monitor and mentor apprentices, trainees and employees to make sure they find and keep the right person for the job. We also take care of all the required contractual arrangements and paperwork.