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Thursday, 24 Nov 2016

NSW Training Awards recognise outstanding VET achievement

Tyrone Pynor from Pendle Hill High School, Erin Gray from St Andrews College Marayong and Donna Colombini from TAFE NSW Sydney Institute have been recognised at the 2016 NSW and/or Australian Training Awards.

These awards recognise students, teachers, trainers, employers and registered organisations (RTOs), who excel in their field by celebrating their contribution to vocational education and training (VET).

NSW School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year


Tyrone Pynor (above) received the NSW School-based Apprentice/Trainee (SBA/T) of the Year Award. Tyrone has completed a Certificate II in Business traineeship through the Australian College of Commerce and Management and his host employer, the National Australia Bank at Merrylands. Tyrone went on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards held recently.


There were two other finalists in this NSW awards category. Alana Samrani (above left) from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College completed a Certificate III in Property Services through TAFE NSW Sydney Institute and employer Ray White Caringbah. Tearra Charles (above right) from Balranald Central School completed a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and employer Far West Local Health District.

 NSW VET in Schools Student of the Year


Erin Gray (above) received the VET in Schools Student of the Year award, open to full-time Year 11 or 12 school students undertaking a VET course as part of their HSC program of study. Erin completed Certificate III in Live Production and Services.


James Gordon (above left) from Denison College, Bathurst High Campus (Certificate I in Engineering, Certificate II in Agriculture and Certificate II in Construction Pathways) and Connor Crawford (above right) from Kooringal High School (Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and Certificate III in Live Production and Services) were the other finalists in this category.

NSW VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year


Donna Colombini (above) after receiving the NSW VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year award, went on to represent NSW nationally, where she was recognised as the ‘best of the best’ and declared the 2016 winner at the Australian Training Awards.

BOSTES congratulates all finalists and winners.

VET is ‘dual accredited’ for NSW school students in Years 9–12. Students receive recognition towards their school qualification (Record of School Achievement or HSC), as well as a nationally recognised VET qualification (Certificate or Statement of Attainment).

Almost one in three students undertake at least one VET course as part of their HSC, with Hospitality and Construction the most popular.

The role VET courses play in helping students prepare for further education, training, employment and lifelong learning is widely recognised by key stakeholders in education.

For more information, contact:
NSW Training Awards
Australian Training Awards