Over 150 Central West businesses, apprentices, trainees, and their families, gathered at Skillset’s Flannery Centre in Bathurst recently to celebrate the best in the region at the annual Skillset Awards ceremony.
Skillset supports the sustainability of regional communities through the delivery of education, workforce and environment programs, and each year recognises individuals, businesses and organisations who have excelled in these areas.
Orange apprentices and trainees Bradley Ingham, Sammantha Devlin, JoanneaSpencer and Hannah Ford were all recognised as Skillset Workforce Southern Region award winners with Bradley taking out the overall title of Skillset Workforce Apprentice of the Year for 2016.
Bradley is a 4th year Engineering (Mechanical) Trade Apprentice hosted by Hort Enterprises who has demonstrated extraordinarily high levels of technical skills throughout his apprenticeship winning gold and bronze medals at Regional Worldskills. He will be representing the region at the National Worldskills Competition later this year.
Sammantha, who recently completed her Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship with host Highland Heritage, was honoured with a Special Achievement Award in recognition of winning the TAFE Western Vocational Student of the Year Award and Department of Education and Training Apprentice of the Year Award earlier this year.
Joanna and Hannah, who have both demonstrated outstanding commitment to their vocational studies and their workplaces, won their Trainee categories at a regional level.
Local business D’Aquinos Bros was recognised for their exceptional workplace health and safety winning the Skillset Workforce Jim Todman Safety Award. Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam said “the safety of our staff, whether they be apprentices, trainees or temporary placements is paramount and we work closely with our hosts to ensure their wellbeing. D’Aquinos are a wonderful partner with us in this and we are pleased to be able to recognise them in this way”.
Central Tablelands Landcare (CTL) was also recognised with the Skillset Environment Partnership Award. CTL have been a supportive partner of Skillset in local delivery of the Green Army program since it’s commencement and have worked collaboratively to generate more Green Army projects and other Natural Resource Management initiatives.
Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo took the opportunity to congratulate all the winners and thank their support teams saying “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 support of our host businesses and clients and we enjoy taking this opportunity to recognise that with these annual awards”.