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Hunter VET students shine at NSW Training Awards

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Local youngsters and VET students reaped the spoils at the recent 2023 NSW Training Awards – Hunter Central Coast.

Charlestown’s Justin Curley took out the top honours, at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (NEX), after being named Apprentice of the Year while Cobark’s Celina Pellett was named Trainee of the Year.

Fletcher’s Boston Browne, who is employed by the Village Coffee Hub and Crafty Street Eats, picked up VET in Schools Student of the Year; and Maryland’s Jye Hall (Infrabuild Wire Pty Ltd) walked away with Vocational Student of the Year.

Fletcher’s Boston Browne picked up VET in Schools Student of the Year.

Rutherford mentor Michael Rooth (Gold Training) claimed VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year, too.

Other winners included Hamlyn Terrace’s Zali Reynolds (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year) and Wallarah’s Regan Beaver (School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year).

Maryland’s Jye Hall walked away with Vocational Student of the Year.

Mr Curley, who works at HVTC, is a dual-qualified tradesperson, making the switch to electrotechnology from mechanical engineering after being inspired by those he had been working alongside.

He was recognised for his commitment to professional development through upskilling, mentoring young apprentices and promoting VET apprenticeship pathways.

Both his apprenticeships were completed through HVTC.

Rutherford mentor Michael Rooth claimed VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year.

Ms Pellett specialises in dairy production with GW and KM Forbes Dairy, becoming skilled and confident in farming and livestock productions after moving from the city.

She was acknowledged for the tenacity shown towards her training and her work as a VET ambassador, joining networks and fostering the career development of school-based trainees and other young people.

NSW Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Tim Crakanthorp said the impressive finalists showcased the world-class vocational education and training (VET) sector in the region.

“The awards demonstrate the breadth of rewarding career opportunities offered by VET, providing real

skills for real careers,” he stated.

“This year, the 68th anniversary of this prestigious ceremony, we received a record number of

entries highlighting the energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.

“The awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of our training achievers in the state.

“I congratulate all winners and I wish them luck for the NSW finals later this year.”

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