Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated three vocational students from the region who won major awards at the 2018 NSW Training Awards New England regional finals held in Tamworth.

He said Ashleigh Dallas from Kootingal took out the top award of Apprentice of the Year while Justin Law from Gunnedah claimed the Trainee of the Year award. Jessie Britten from Tamworth was named Vocational Student of the Year.

“Ashleigh completed her hairdressing apprenticeship studying at TAFE NSW while working at Wavelengths 489 and in that time she also performed regularly as a musician and also co-writing and releasing two albums.

“Her work manager and trainers say Ashleigh has an exceptional work ethic and a keen willingness to further her already considerable skills in hairdressing.

“Justin is passionate about the horticulture trade combining training at Australian Training & Consulting with work at Mackellar Care services where his innovations to the irrigation system have improved the efficiency and safety of the system.

“Jessie is tackling a Diploma in Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) at TAFE NSW while working as the WHS manager for meat processing company TEYS Australia where he’s built a great rapport with staff at all levels and excelled in dealing with a diverse and culturally sensitive workforce

“These awards provide a fantastic platform for us to celebrate the achievements of students and all those involved in the success of Smart & Skilled which provides students in NSW with high quality, affordable VET training.

“I will continue to work hard to ensure the region’s young people have more training opportunities to choose from. Just last week, the Gunnedah TAFE campus announced six new courses on top of the 33 that are already in place,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The regional winners would now be eligible to compete at the NSW Training Awards finals in September.

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