Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated Jake Sheppeard and Kate Ottewell from Tamworth on their achievement in taking out the top honours at the 2017 NSW Training Awards – New England.


Jake was named local Apprentice of the Year while Kate claimed the local Trainee of the Year Award.


Mr Anderson said the awards meant that Jake, who is studying at TAFE NSW, and Kate, who is training at the Australian College of Commerce and Management, are among some of the state’s best and brightest participants in Vocational Education and Training (VET).


Jake is doing a Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) while working at BAE Systems Australia, and Kate is undertaking a Diploma in Leadership and Management while working at Best Employment.


“Vocational training in NSW is a fantastic pathway to a job across so many industries, for people of all ages and all the category winners have done our region proud,” Mr Anderson said.


 “The quality of the finalists and winners at the New England Regional Awards was outstanding, showcasing the world class VET sector that is right here in the region, and I congratulate all participants.


Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said the regional award winners would go on to compete at the State finals of the NSW Training Awards in September.


“The awards celebrate the achievements of the best in vocational training in NSW and I wish all regional award winners the very best of luck in the State finals in September.


“This year we received a record number of total entries for the awards showing that there’s a renewed energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.


"It's clear that more and more students, parents and employers are recognising the incredible value of vocational training in creating new and exciting pathways to rewarding careers and employment for people throughout the state.



“VET training is offered in NSW for 9 out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the best growth over the next five years and VET can prepare people for jobs in a range of industries like healthcare, biotech and cyber security, agriculture, ICT, and tourism.



“VET is the best pathway to jobs of the future and offers a higher employment rate and more pay – 78 per cent of VET graduates are employed after training versus 69 per cent for University graduates and median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000 versus $54,000 for a Bachelor degree graduate,” Mr Barilaro said.

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