The Board is a Major Partner for the NSW Training Awards, supporting the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award. The Training Awards showcase the outstanding achievements and quality of the NSW training system and publicise the rewarding career opportunities for young people and adults pursuing vocational pathways. They are a major promotional vehicle, attracting significant media coverage at local, regional, state and national level. For further information on the NSW Training Awards visit www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au
Promoting Apprenticeships and Traineeships
The NSW Training Awards are seen as the pinnacle event to reward excellence in VET in NSW. There is the potential for finalists and winners to become ambassadors for VET in NSW and role models to encourage others, particularly school students, to consider VET as a pathway to their future careers. The role of VET ambassadors enhance the sense of achievement and recognition of individual NSW Training Award winners. It also contributes to the overall celebration of success in VET represented by the NSW Training Awards.
The Board initiated this project to develop a range of initiatives including promotional videos on past apprentice and trainee of the year winners, pamphlets, and personal promotional appearances by award winners accompanied by a targeted implementation strategy. The project was completed in 2006 with development and dissemination of promotional material.
For more information about the Promotion of Apprenticeships and Traineeships Project, contact Kathy Esson on (02) 9561 8789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TAFE NSW Quality Awards
The Board sponsored the new ‘Excellence in Outcomes’ category of the 2010 TAFE NSW Quality Awards. This category recognises projects that support and promote the strategic importance of increased course completions and better employment outcomes. The TAFE NSW Quality Awards event took place on Thursday, 4 November 2010, Pit Straight Complex, Mount Panorama, Bathurst. For more information visit the website TAFE NSW Quality Awards 2010.
Regional Apprenticeship Scholarships
In October 2008 the Premier announced the establishment of the Ben Chifley Scholarships to support apprentices in country NSW who are struggling to make ends meet. Thirty scholarships funded by BVET are awarded to apprentices each year (10 each for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year apprentices), including at least two to apprentices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. The Scholarships are valued at $5,000 per year and are awarded on the basis of hardship, aptitude for vocational education and training, and the nominee’s trade in an identified skill shortage area in NSW and/or the nominee’s local area.
Processes to select apprentices for the 2012 Regional Apprenticeship Scholarships, including monitoring progress of apprentices already supported by the program, are in train.
2011 NSW Training Awards
The winners of the 2011 NSW Training awards were announced at a Gala Dinner hosted by the Hon. Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education. Over 850 guests attended the prestigious event to celebrate and recognise excellence in the vocational education and training sector.
For a list of the 2011 NSW Training Award winners click here.
2010 NSW Training Awards
Six awards were presented to individuals, five awards presented to organisations, and three industry awards were presented to students at a spectacular presentation event on 16 September 2010 in the Ballroom, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
The winners met with the Board at the November meeting. Board members were impressed with their level of achievement and wonderful support for vocational education and training.
From left - Gabriella Morona, David Collins (General Manager State Training Services), Dasha Newington (2009 winner), Heidi Scher, Alex Jones, Gareth Robbs, Russel Freeburn