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National awards celebrate TAFE NSW achievements

22 November 2010

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The outstanding achievements of TAFE NSW staff and students were acknowledged at the 2010 Australian Training Awards gala presentation on 19 November at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training, and recognise innovation and excellence in the training sector.

TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute was named the 2010 Australian Large Training Provider of the Year, one of the highest honours. This accolade comes within weeks of the Institute winning the New South Wales Large Training Provider of the Year, for the second year in a row.

TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute was a finalist in the Skills for Sustainability - Educational Institution.

"The Australian Training Awards recognise TAFE NSW’s outstanding effort in skilling New South Wales and our commitment to provide the very best vocational education and training to individuals, enterprises and communities," said Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community Education.

In a highly competitive field of student finalists, TAFE NSW students also performed exceptionally well:

  • Garreth Robbs, Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) at Hunter Institute named Runner Up as the Australian Apprentice of the Year;
  • Russell Freeburn, Certificate IV in Retail Management at North Coast Institute named Runner Up as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year;
  • Alex Jones, Community Services - Aged Care Work Certificate III at North Coast Institute named Runner Up for the Stella Axarlis Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year;
  • Heidi Scher, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at Northern Sydney Institute named as Runner Up as the Vocational Student of the Year.

Receiving the top honour for training providers, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute Director, Susan Hartigan said she was thrilled.

"The Institute has gained a reputation for responsiveness to the training needs of individuals and its leadership in sustainable practices and training. We provide education and training which meets industry’s future skills needs including the new 'green collar' sector, traditional trades and professions, and we do this using flexible and accessible delivery modes," Ms Hartigan said.


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