Awards put top trainees in spotlight

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Star performers: Steven Atkins, James Totman, Eden Paull, Ketrina Puckeridge, Leo Stanoevski and Stephanie Rooney. Picture: GREG ELLISTHE Vocational Training Committee (VTC) launched the Illawarra & South East NSW Training Awards last week.
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As part of the launch, the committee showcased some of the star performers from 2014.

Among them were 2014 school-based trainee of the year Ketrina Puckeridge who now works at Skydive on the Beach and the 2014 Illawarra & South East NSW trainee of the year Eden Paull who spoke of how great it was to be involved and she encouraged as many nominations as possible.

“Just being nominated was great recognition of my efforts and was reward enough in itself,” she said.

“When I was named trainee of the year for the region, it was a little overwhelming but just a fantastic feeling. The awards process gave me time to reflect on my achievements and this enabled me to make some decisions about what I wanted to do in the future which is a business management diploma and [I’m] hoping this leads to further education at university.”

She said she also benefited greatly from the RYLA Scholarship, which was part of the award.

The NSW Training Awards are hosted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, local VTCs and sponsors.

Nominations close on March 27 and for further information, go to http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/.

“It’s a great way for local business to recognise and acknowledge the talent they have nurtured in their apprentices and trainees and to the many others involved in the vocational education and training system,” Meridith Yabsley, who chairs the Illawarra and South East NSW Region VTC said.

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