The annual NSW Training Awards for Western NSW will be held tonight in Orange. These awards, coordinated by Training Services NSW, recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.

Skillset has two finalists in these awards. Maddison Griffiths – Leonard has been named as a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award while Bradley Ingham, is in the running for Apprentice of the Year.

Maddison, not long out of school, already has two qualifications under her belt. While completing her HSC, she undertook a School Based Apprenticeship and as soon as she finished Year 12, she secured herself a Traineeship with Skillset, was hosted at Centacare, and by the end of 2016, she had completed a Certificate III in Community Services.

Her commitment to her role and her studies meant that her host, Centacare, has retained her in the team and offered her full time employment as an Aboriginal Community Worker.

Not only has Maddison completed her studies and work with great enthusiasm, she has a wonderful sense of community spirit.  She was named the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year for Orange in 2016.

Bradley Ingham, has recently completed his Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering (better known as Fitting and Machining) with Horts Enterprises in Orange.

Bradley was a quick learner and a stand out apprentice. Proof of this was in being asked by Horts to take on a mentoring and training role with young apprentices and, as a fourth year apprentice, he was already capable of being given tasks of a tradesman’s level.

Bradley’s skill level was on display when he competed in the Regional Worldskills competition and won a gold medal in the Fitting Competition and a bronze medal in the Turning Competition. He then went on to compete in the National Worldskills competition, Melbourne, and won a silver medal in Fitting. Since then, he has been training with the Skillaroos to prepare for the International Worldskills competition in Abu Dhabi later this year.

Skillset are extremely proud of the achievements of both of these young people and wish them all the best at the awards presentation tonight.