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

Billy Mcloughlin

Newcastle local Billy Mcloughlin has been announced as the winner of the Hunter Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year at the prestigious Training Services NSW virtual event yesterday. 

The TAFE NSW student, who is employed by the Catholic Schools Office as a Learning Support Assistant 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. 

“Congratulations to Billy on winning the Vocational Student of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to higher education.”  

“It is wonderful to see that Billy now has the job-ready skills for employment in the education sector and be recognised for his achievements as he embarks on his career,” Ms George said. 

Mr Mcloughlin, who studied a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, was overwhelmed at the honour and hoped it would inspire other young people to step outside their comfort zones.  

“This is a really big personal achievement and I’ve really pushed myself over the past year to complete my studies and achieve great results. 

“This award is a validation of all the hard work I’ve put in and it means so much to me,” he said. 

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. 

“Billy 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.