Employers and trainers of South West Sydney take note: nominations for the regional round of the NSW training awards opened last week and will close on March 16.
The awards recognise the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
Students can be nominated if they have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship between October 1 last year and September 30 this year.
Once nominations close, they will be assessed and regional award winners will be announced in June.
Winners will then represent our region at the state finals in September where they will have a chance to be named among NSW’s best.
State winners will compete for NSW for national honours at the Australian training awards in November.
The State Member for Camden Chris Patterson is urging local employers and trainers to get behind the awards by nominating outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations.
“I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award.
NSW deputy premier and skills minister John Barilaro said the awards are a great way to celebrate the hard-working apprentices, trainees and employers.
“Last year we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which is a great sign that more and more students, parents and employers in NSW are realising the value of VET,” Mr Barilaro said.
“I want people to know that university isn’t your only option to achieve a rewarding and well paid career.
“Our VET sector offers high quality and affordable training, including in nine out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the highest jobs growth over the next five years, like health care, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT and tourism,” he said.
Lodge nominations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards at https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/