Sammantha announced as finalist in state award

Skillset has achieved statewide recognition with Skillset Workforce apprentice Sammantha Devlin and host Moolarben Yancoal announced as finalists in the 2016 Group Training Australia NSW/ACT (GTANA) Awards.

SUCCESS: Skillset Workforce apprentice Sammantha Devlin has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Group Training Australia NSW/ACT (GTANA) Awards.

SUCCESS: Skillset Workforce apprentice Sammantha Devlin has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Group Training Australia NSW/ACT (GTANA) Awards.

Finalists were selected from a strong field of nominations and Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam says it reflects the quality of both their apprentices and host clients. 

“We are incredibly proud to produce apprentices of the calibre of Sammantha, and work with organisations like Moolarben Yancoal, who share our commitment to skills development in our region.”

FINALISTS: Skillset Workforce Large Partner of the Year Moolarben Coal Yancoal - Kerry Adams with Skillset Board Member Gary Rush and Senior Manager Jane McWilliam.

FINALISTS: Skillset Workforce Large Partner of the Year Moolarben Coal Yancoal - Kerry Adams with Skillset Board Member Gary Rush and Senior Manager Jane McWilliam.

“It is vital to the future of our young people, our businesses and ultimately our local communities and we are delighted that our work and the work of our apprentices and hosts has been recognised.”

Sammantha is now a qualified chef, but was a Skillset apprentice hosted by Highland Heritage in Orange and won a string of prestigious awards that led to her nomination for the State Awards.

Sammantha won the TAFE Western Outstanding Student of the Year (Apprentice), a Skillset Special Achievement Award and the Training NSW Western Region Apprentice of the Year.

She is passionate about pursuing an international career in hospitality and is currently working in famous kitchens in London.

Moolarben Yancoal were recognised for their commitment to supporting their apprentices and providing a best practise on –the- job workplace learning program to support the formal training undertaken by their apprentices at TAFE.

They work in close partnership with Skillset to ensure apprentices are supported and encouraged throughout the entire apprenticeship process.

Moolarben Coal have worked with Skillset since 2010 and in that time they have hosted 31 apprentices – with 16 apprentices having completed and 15 still in training.

Moolarben’s 100 per cent completion rate is due to their commitment to the apprenticeship system and their responsiveness and flexibility in meeting the  training requirements.  

Moolarben have worked closely with Skillset and TAFE Western to create a unique apprentice management plan that includes rotating the apprentices through different areas enhancing their skills.

The awards will be held in a gala ceremony in Sydney on October 28.

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