Western NSW Training Awards Finalists Announced
National Careers Week aims to celebrate careers and promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.
It’s vital that we develop community awareness of the concept, benefit and value of career development, while highlighting the need for ongoing reskilling and upskilling to support careers throughout life.
In celebration of National Careers Week and those apprentices and trainees who are challenging stereotypes and encouraging others to broaden their horizons about careers, we’re recognising our five Finalists in the 2020 Western NSW Training Awards.
We are incredibly proud of these students and their ability to go above and beyond both within and outside of their workplace. Best of luck to you all!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year – Jay French (Orange City Council)
Congratulations to Jay French, Horticulture Apprentice at Orange City Council who has been announced as a Finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award in the 2020 Western Region NSW Training Awards.
Jay has been recognised for his support and impressive performance across Orange City Council’s Botanic Gardens, City Gardens and Tree Care crews. He has a great sense of connection to both his local community and Indigenous culture.
Jay has used his industry knowledge to voluntarily assist various community projects, while also promoting his Indigenous land management experience to incorporate these practices with modern techniques wherever possible.
Apprentice of the Year – Jordan Ticehurst (Thales)
Congratulations to Jordan Ticehurst, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Thales Australia who has been announced as a Finalist for the Apprentice of the Year Award in the 2020 Western Region NSW Training Awards.
Jordan has been commended for his confidence, work ethic and capable skills base which expands well beyond his years of experience in all facets of Engineering, CNC Manufacturing and Toolmaking.
After completing his trade in January, Jordan was offered a permanent position at another Thales site, which also allowed him to commence his Mechatronics degree at Western Sydney University.
Apprentice of the Year – Joshua Reyter (Cabonne Council)
Congratulations to Joshua Reyter, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice at Cabonne Council who has been announced as a Finalist for the Apprentice of the Year Award in the 2020 Western Region NSW Training Awards.
Josh has been commended for his leadership, team work, determination and positive attitude to both his on-the-job and off-the-job training. He a very impressive mentor for younger apprentices and has a passion for training those newcomers.
“You’re never too old to stop learning” says Josh. He encourages students leaving school to consider Vocational Education and Training, while also inspiring mature age students to consider the flexible pathway if they’re ever interested in learning a new trade or gaining paid, hands-on training experience in a new industry.
Trainee of the Year – Katie Clements (Cowra Early Childhood Services)
Congratulations to Katie Clements, Early Childhood Education and Care Trainee at
the Cowra Early Childhood Long Day Care and Preschool Mobile Service (CECS), who has been announced as a Finalist for the Trainee of the Year Award in the 2020 Western Region NSW Training Awards.
Katie has been recognised as a valued member of her team with a calm, natural disposition and a great sense of humour who the kids adore.
With a passion for environmental sustainability, Katie has effectively influenced sustainable practices into CECS’s service, as her desire to re-use, reduce and recycle is now embedded into their programs for children as well as their work environments.
We wish Katie all the very best and know she has left a significant mark on her host employer and the children in her care.
Trainee of the Year – Reece Oldfield (Moolarben Coal Operations)
Last but not least, a huge Congratulations to Reece Oldfield, Surface Extraction Operations Trainee at Yancoal Australia Ltd’s Moolarben Coal Operations who has been announced as a Finalist for the Trainee of the Year Award in the 2020 Western Region NSW Training Awards.
Reece’s ability to balance work, study and numerous community commitments has been most impressive.
He is more commonly known throughout the wider Mudgee region for his commitment to community service. As a volunteer fire fighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service, previous School Captain, 2017 Mid-Western Regional Council Young Citizen of the Year and founding President of the Rylstone-Kandos Youth Show Committee, Reece has always been passionate about Regional NSW and getting involved with the wider community.
The NSW Training Awards have been running for 65 years and recognise outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector. In 2020, there were a record breaking amount of nominations and it is a great credit to each of these individuals that they were selected as finalists from thousands of candidates across Western NSW.
We look forward to hearing of an announcement of Award Winners in June.
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