Bathurst local and Skillset Workforce Trainee Laycee Covington-Gorst has won the prestigious 2019 Trainee of the Year at the Western Training Awards Gala Night held at the Orange Ex-Services Club, last Friday.

Laycee, who completed her traineeship in December, was employed by Skillset Workforce and hosted by Devro Pty Ltd Bathurst for the 15 months of her traineeship in Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology with TAFE NSW. Laycee embarked on the IT traineeship because of her genuine interest in the ever changing technology trends and the impact it has on the connection of the entire world.

After finishing her HSC, Laycee was undecided as to what career path to take but her family encouraged her to strive for success and follow her passion for technology in wherever that ended up. Laycee said, “I knew that if I pursued a career in IT, I would be skilled and secure in the future of digitalised workplaces.”

Devro HR Business Partner, Sally Russell said that Laycee has a fantastic can-do attitude and isn’t afraid to throw herself into a task. “Laycee is an inspiring young professional who has been commended for her enthusiasm, proactive attitude, professional demeanour and loyalty. Laycee is truly deserving of this prestigious award.”

Since completing her traineeship, Laycee now has a full time role as the technical resource for Devro’s IT Infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand. An amazing achievement for a newly qualified IT technician.

Laycee acknowledged the support of Skillset Workforce, Devro Pty Ltd and TAFE NSW in helping her both get a start in her career and to develop an advanced skills base for all forms of IT tasks. Laycee said, “I started a traineeship in a typically male dominated industry. I would like to thank Devro and Skillset Workforce for helping me to pursue my dream career and finding the courage to motivate other females to break the stereotypes and consider careers in the IT industry.”

Skillset CEO Craig Randazzo congratulated Laycee for this prestigious achievement. “This is a wonderful achievement for Laycee to be awarded Trainee of the Year. This award recognises her hard work and determination as a trainee. Laycee is a true ambassador for Vocational Education and Training and a great mentor for fellow trainees, especially young females, to look up to.”

Skillset Workforce had five other finalists at this year’s NSW Training Awards, including Erin Hunter (MRG Electrical Services – Bathurst) and Mark Woodhead (Western NSW Local Health District – Dubbo) for the Apprentice of the Year Award. Claire Bignell (Agriwest Rural – Parkes) as a finalist for the Trainee of the Year Award; Chenoa Endacott (TAFE NSW) won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, whilst Hollie Kemp (Towri Macs Centre – Bathurst) was also a finalist in this category.

Laycee will now proceed to the next stage of the NSW Training Awards as for the 2019 Trainee of the Year Award to be held in Sydney this September.

Bathurst City Life | June 20 2019

Western Advocate | June 19 2019