Over 200 people gathered at Skillset's Flannery Centre in Bathurst on Friday to recognise the best apprentices, trainees, organisations and students from across the Central West and Orana regions at the annual Skillset Awards ceremony. Each year, Skillset recognises individuals, businesses and organisations who have excelled in employment, skills development and education programs.
Bathurst trainee, Laycee Covington-Gorst was awarded the Trainee of the Year Award acknowledging her excellent performance and exceptional achievements as a trainee in Information, Digital Media and Technology at Devro Pty Ltd. Laycee was noted as a great ambassador for women who are considering taking on roles in traditionally male dominated trades and encouraged school leavers to consider a traineeship if they're unsure as to which career path to take following high school.
Jordan Ticehurst from Lithgow won Apprentice of the Year for his outstanding achievements at Thales Australia throughout his Certificate III Engineering (Mechanical Trade) apprenticeship and Kianna Mason from Lithgow was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year for her performance at Parke Street Specialist Centre during her Certificate III in Business Administration traineeship.
Bathurst Regional Council were awarded the Local Government Award for acknowledgement of their support of skills development, training and employment within regional NSW. Bathurst Regional Council have also partnered with Skillset's Land Works team to work together on a vast range of local natural environment projects. Central Tablelands Local Land Services were awarded the Land Works Award which recognised their successful services in which hire and train local people for the improvement and maintenance of their natural environment.
Skillset also provided awards for its skills and mentoring programs including Chelsea Stam of Orange who was awarded the Youth Connect Award and David Carriage from Dubbo Regional Council was awarded the Skills4Trade Award for his dedication to the course and drive to pursue careers within his chosen industry. TAFE NSW were awarded the Mentor Plus Award and was endorsed for their strong working relationship which has allowed Skillset to provide intensive support to over 1400 apprentices and trainees across the Mining and Construction industries.
Skillset General Manager Jane McWilliam said the awards are a great opportunity to recognise our most passionate individuals and businesses. "We love to recognise our most passionate and talented apprentices, trainees, students and organisations. It's amazing to see the transformations that our people go through and their achievements should be commended."
Skillset Senior College acknowledged its Senior Leaders in front of guests before they embark on their HSC exams. The Skillset Senior College Partnership Award was won by The Outdoor Education Group for their generous contribution of camping and hiking equipment to allow the college to commence the Outdoor Education program. Glen Esk and Rose-Lea Corriedales were also acknowledged for their contribution to the College by being awarded the Agriculture Award. Rick and his family have been extremely supportive towards Skillset Senior College's Corriedale Program which has resulted in multiple awards for the school at the Royal Easter Show and Royal Bathurst Show, along with countless opportunities for students to learn and build skills in sheep husbandry practices.
Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo took the opportunity to congratulate all the winners, "we are committed to building skills, jobs and a sustainable future in our communities and it is gratifying to see the outstanding results that are being acknowledged here today. We couldn't do it without the determination of our students and the support of our host businesses and clients and we enjoy taking this opportunity to recognise their achievements at the Skillset Awards".