It is with great excitement that we announce Skillset’s Maddison Griffiths – Leonard was awarded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at Friday night’s annual NSW Training Awards for Western NSW.












Photo – Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo with Business Consultant Rowan Cleal, Bradley Ingham, Maddison Griffiths-Leonard and Skillset’s Business Consultant Ben Ruddy at Friday night’s award ceremony.

In front of one of the biggest crowds to attend the awards in recent years, Maddison’s achievements were acknowledged. After undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship in her final year of school, she then secured a Traineeship at Centacare and went onto complete a Certificate III in Community Services. Centacare, so impressed with her commitment, offered her full time employment as an Aboriginal Community Worker. She was also named the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year for Orange in 2016. A big congratulations to you Maddison.

Bradly Ingham, Skillset’s finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category, received accolades from the crowd, particularly when the emcee spoke of his achievements in the National Worldskills competition. In the end, the Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Shaun Van Umm, another fabulous, hardworking young apprentice at the beginning of a very exciting career in Construction. The Bathurst based apprentice works for Hines Constructions. Congratulations Shaun, a well-deserved award.

It was such a strong line of up of apprentices this year. To even make it as a finalist, is such a big achievement and important recognition of all that hard work and study.

The night showcased talent after talent after talent. If you ever feel the need to be inspired to undertake study and training and the exciting opportunities this opens up, do yourself a favour and attend a Training Awards ceremony

We are so proud of Maddison and Bradley, who have both achieved so much in their respective fields. They were already winners to us.