BATHURST'S Laycee Covington-Gorst was a finalist of the Trainee of the Year at Thursday night's NSW Training Awards, which were dominated by TAFE entries.
Laycee, who is employed by Skillset and hosted by Devro, was one of 15 TAFE NSW finalists nominated for an award at the event.
"To be nominated for this prestigious award came as a huge surprise, especially considering the extremely talented trainees I was competing against," Laycee said.
"I started a traineeship in a typically male-dominated industry.
"I would like to thank Skillset, Devro and TAFE NSW for helping me pursue my dream career and finding the courage to motivate other females to break the stereotypes and consider careers in the IT industry."
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TAFE NSW regional general manager Kate Baxter congratulated all of TAFE's finalists.
"TAFE NSW is the leading skills provider in the state, delivering relevant, high-quality, practical and creative training to grow the NSW economy and skill the workforce of the future," Ms Baxter said.
"Laycee is testament to the depth of talent and exciting career opportunities on offer through vocational education and training pathways."
The NSW Training Awards celebrate the excellence of apprentices, trainees and students undertaking vocational education and training.
Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Geoff Lee said the strong showing by TAFE NSW students and teachers was testament to their commitment to excellence.
"This is a wonderful result for Laycee and for TAFE NSW and I have no doubt that Laycee will go on to be a great ambassador for the region, as well as the IT industry," Mr Lee said.
"While we rightly celebrate achievements on the sporting field, it's just as important to celebrate achievements in the classroom and the workplace."
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