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TAFE NSW students dominate Hunter Regional Training Awards: Trainee of the Year

Jarna Hedley

Black Hill local Jarna Hedley has been announced as the winner of the Hunter Training Awards Trainee of the Year at the prestigious Training Services NSW virtual event yesterday. 

The TAFE NSW student, who is employed by HunterNet Group Training as an Administration Officer is one of three TAFE NSW winners of the awards announced via Facebook live. 

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Susie George said the strong showing by TAFE NSW finalists for the six award categories was testament to their commitment to excellence in their chosen field. 

“It is rewarding for TAFE NSW staff and teachers to support students such as Jarna through their study and see the development of their skills and the contribution they make to the workforce. 

“TAFE NSW plays a critical role in shaping the careers of people across a range of important industries that are critical to the economy and we are proud of our students’ success,” Ms George said. 

Ms Hedley said she is “over the moon” to have won the Trainee of the Year award. 

“This is such a great reward for all the hard work that I've put in over the last 12 months and it goes to show that you can do whatever you put your mind to.” 

“I would encourage anyone who is considering study or a change in career to just give it a go; there are so many ways you can achieve what you are working towards and TAFE NSW gave me the skills and confidence to progress in my career.” 

Shared Services Manager at HunterNet Jackie Moore said the award was a fitting recognition of Ms Hedley’s talent and commitment.  

“Jarna is a true professional and this award is a testament to her skills, knowledge and all of the hard work that she has put in. We are all very proud of what Jarna has achieved.” 

Minister for Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said that he was delighted that so many of the award winners were from TAFE NSW and that the strong results at this year’s awards we are clear demonstration of the high-quality education and training provided by Australia’s largest training provider.  

“TAFE NSW plays a critical role in shaping the careers of people across a range of important industries that are critical to the economy. 

“Jarna is testament to the depth of talent and exciting career opportunities on offer through vocational education and training pathways.  

The NSW Training Awards celebrate the excellence of apprentices, trainees and students undertaking vocational education and training. 

The winners from the Hunter Training Awards will be interviewed and considered for the NSW Training Awards which will are planned to be held in Sydney later this year.