Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo, Skillset Workforce Consultant Rodney Ney, Winner Indigenous Apprentice Donald Dundas, Skillset Workforce Regional Manager Amanda Ferguson and Spatial Services Manager (representing apprentice Laura Burgett)– Matt McRobert.

Skillset Workforce apprentices Laura Burgett and Donald Dundas were recognised at the gala Apprentice Employment Network (AEN) 2017 Awards in Sydney last Friday night.

The Awards recognise outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector. Laura, a Graphic PrePress Apprentice with Spatial Services in Bathurst was a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year Award, while Donald, a Plumbing Apprentice with Warrumbungle Shire Council won the Indigenous Apprentice of the Year Award.

Skillset Chief Executive Officer, Craig Randazzo, who attended the Awards praised the apprentices and the high level of achievement. “The quality of the competition at these awards is extraordinary. Every one of these young people have demonstrated not only a commitment to achieving excellence in their chosen vocation, but also a commitment to their workplace and community. We are incredibly proud to have had these talented young people working for us and giving their best to their host workplaces. They are the future, and we are in very safe hands.”

In his speech Donald said he was honoured to receive the award and to be taking a leadership role in his community: “never be afraid to have a go or try something new, and if you make mistakes don’t worry – that’s how you learn”. He also thanked his host Warrumbungle Shire Council, and employer Skillset Workforce for the opportunities and support they had provided him with.

Donald has now received two awards at state level, last month winning the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards. Donald will now be a finalist in both the Australian Training Awards Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and the National Apprentice Employer Network Indigenous Apprentice of the Year.