Local winner, Laura Burgett, flanked by colleagues from Spatial Services and Skillset Workforce staff.

It was announced recently that Bathurst based apprentice, Laura Burgett, employed by Skillset and based at Spatial Services, had been awarded this year’s Heidelberg-Lithographic Institute Association Graduate of the Year for NSW. Laura was presented with her award at special ceremony in Sydney, flanked by family, colleagues and support staff from Skillset.

Laura was thrilled to see her work acknowledged at this level. “I didn’t really expect to win” she said. “But it was a nice surprise”. To make her award even sweeter, Peter Munro, Chairman of Judges, described the line-up of five finalists for this year as “the best ever!”

Matthew McRobert, Manager of Graphic Services and Laura’s boss said “We would have been surprised if she had not won, only because she is such an outstanding candidate in every way! She has worked on a wide range of projects, completing them all to a very high standard and to wide acclaim.”

“We are just so proud of her” he added. “It’s lovely for us to see someone within our team get recognition for their work at a State level. It also proves that our apprentice program continues to successfully find and develop staff to such a high caliber”.

The talented graphic prepress apprentice is not only a trained graphic designer, but has also completed a Bachelor of Business from Charles Stuart University and has studied 3D modelling and printing at TAFE NSW.

Laura is obviously one hard working young woman, but she also attributes her success to working in such a supportive environment. “I’m pretty lucky to work at Spatial Services” she added. “They give me lots of responsibility and the chance to get involved with some really interesting, diverse and creative work” she said.