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2024 Western NSW Training Awards celebrate excellence in Vocational Education and Training?

NSW Department of Education 3 mins read

The region's most outstanding people and organisations working and learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector have been recognised at this year’s Western NSW Regional Training Awards.  

The event celebrated the achievements of all category winners including apprentices, trainees, students, businesses, and trainers that champion vocational education.   

Special recognition was given to two young women, Annalise Brouwer and Hannah Harland, who took top honours at the 2024 Western NSW Regional Training Awards ceremony held last night at the Parkes Services & Citizens Club.   

Currently in the fourth year of her Diesel/Heavy Plant Mechanic, Annalise, was named Apprentice of the Year for her positive attitude, eagerness for ongoing development and leadership at Newmont Cadia.  

Annalise is also a keen ambassador for women in the mining industry through her mentorship in the Girls Can Too program, which inspires female students to explore male-dominated career pathways. 

Hannah received the Trainee of the Year award and is celebrated for her dedication to studies and their application to her role at Gilgandra Preschool. In addition to completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Hannah also completed a diploma to deepen her understanding of the different needs children have. 

Hannah is also being commended for her professionalism, passion for childcare and being a role model for other young workers in the community. 

The finalists and winners at the Western NSW regional awards exemplify the world-class VET sector in the region, highlighting the breadth of rewarding career opportunities offered by vocational education and training.   

Presented by Training Services NSW, the awards demonstrate the importance of providing real skills for real careers and highlight the NSW Government’s commitment to building a resilient and highly skilled workforce.  

 Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education, Steve Whan, said:

"We know that every many jobs created in the next decade will require vocational qualifications. These awards celebrate the young workers, trainers and businesses working to ensure we meet this challenge.  

"Congratulations to Annalise and Hannah for their remarkable achievements. Their stories exemplify the transformative power of VET and the opportunities it creates for individuals to thrive and make a significant impact in their communities."  

Apprentice of the Year, Annalise Brouwer, said: 

“My apprenticeship literally changed my life. I moved from Sydney to Orange, away from everyone and everything I knew to learn and work. The team at Newmont Cadia have been amazing in helping me develop a passion for the trade.” 

“As a young woman in a male dominated industry, I am passionate about challenging the gender stereotypes in the industry and encouraging female students to consider a rewarding career in mining.” 

“My apprenticeship combined with my TAFE studies has provided a valuable experience where all the theory has helped all of the practical things I was learning click and make more sense.” 

Trainee of the Year, Hannah Harland, said: 

“It is exciting to go further with my career and learn more about how to educate and provide a nurturing environment for all children.” 

“Being able to teach and educate children is so rewarding. We get to provide a nurturing caring environment for them and watch them achieve big and little milestones.” 

“I completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood I wanted to further my education and career and complete the next qualification up. Continuing to study the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care has allowed me to become more open minded and understanding of the different needs that children have.” 

For more information on VET in NSW visit skills.education.nsw.gov.au   

If you would like photos from last nights event or to organise and interview please contact: mediaunit@det.nsw.edu.au

FULL LIST OF 2024 NSW TRAINING AWARD WINNERS WESTERN NSW BELOW 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - Elizabeth Scholes-Walker (Dubbo)

Apprentice of the Year - Annalise Brouwer (Orange)

School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year  - Brooklyn Cole (Kelso)

Trainee of the Year - Hannah Harland (Gilgandra)

VET in Schools Student of the Year - Annalise Hansen (Bathurst)

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year - Max Rabbett (Eumungerie)

Vocational Student of the Year - Samantha Zannes - (Kelso)


Contact details:

mediaunit@det.nsw.edu.au

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