Skillset have launched their inaugural Skillset Christmas Scholarship which is a $1000 prize awarded to an individual from around the Central West and Orana region, who has excelled in their area of education or employment.

Skillset CEO, Craig Randazzo says, “the Skillset Christmas Scholarship aims to encourage recipients to continue on their career development journey and spend the prize in a way which supports ongoing learning.”
Sam Dent, who recently completed the Skills4Trade Civil Construction Course at TAFE NSW Mudgee campus, was announced as the 2018 Scholarship winner. Sam has been acknowledged as a dedicated and compassionate student with a significant passion and natural talent for the trade.

“Sam’s knowledge was of high standard and he provided other students with support needed to nurture their learning and encourage growth in the subject. Sam’s natural leadership was highlighted both in and outside the classroom, working as a leader in the support of learning and the completion of group based activities”, says TAFE teacher, Michael Beohm.


Scholarship winner, Sam Dent with Skillset General Manager, Jane McWilliam and CEO, Craig Randazzo

Sam says, “the Skills4Trade course provided me with a positive learning environment which allowed me to identify my strengths and trial the industry before committing. With the New Year in sight, I’m really hoping to gain some more hands on experience and obtain a job in civil construction or mining.”

Sam added, “I am incredibly grateful to have been considered for this Scholarship. For so long, I was made to feel as though there was no chance of me succeeding, but I’ve now found my passion. This Scholarship has made me even more driven towards achieving my goals and taking advantage of the many opportunities available.”