Illawarra Schools Excellence in Vocational Education & Training Awards 2016

The annual Illawarra Schools Excellence in Vocational Education & Training (VET) Awards were held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at the Sage Hotel in Wollongong. These awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of students across a wide range of industry categories as they strive towards their HSC. Students were nominated by their school, training organisation or by the workplacement host employer.

In 2016, a total of 59 local students were nominated, in some cases by both their school and host employer.  They were then interviewed and assessed by a panel of education and industry representatives as worthy recipients of a Certificate of Excellence in Vocational Education & Training.

 

VET STUDENT OF THE YEAR – OVERALL

The winner of this award is determined by the panel following an interview process. The winner is the student who stands out not only in a particular award category but as an overall star student. The winner of this year’s award went to:

Lachlan Rye – VET STUDENT OF THE YEAR
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Warilla High School

Lachlan received a certificate, gift voucher, personal glass trophy, and was also presented with an engraved plaque that will be on display at Warilla High School until next year’s awards.

 

STUDENTS OF THE YEAR – INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

Of the assessed students, a winner from each category was determined. The recipients of these category awards were:

Bethany Nunes – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HOSPITALITY – KITCHEN OPERATIONS
St Joseph’s Catholic High School

Kayla McCormack – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
St Joseph’s Catholic High School

Jackson Shearer– STUDENT OF THE YEAR – SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICE
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Illawarra Sports High School
employed by Caveau Restaurant

Mathilda Jones – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – RETAIL SERVICES
Five Islands Secondary College

Joshua Damin – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – ELECTROTECHNOLOGY
Holy Spirit College

Lachlan Sweeny – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – METAL & ENGINEERING
Edmund Rice College

Abbey Fowler – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HUMAN SERVICES
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Bulli High School

Jeremy Boulton – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – ENTERTAINMENT
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Aaron McMillan – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – ABORIGINAL OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER
St Joseph’s Catholic High School

Lilirose Chaplin – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – HOSPITALITY
Five Islands Secondary College

Lachlan Rye – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS SERVICES
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Warilla High School

Rhys Taafe – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – CONSTRUCTION
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Figtree High School

Troy Bartrim – STUDENT OF THE YEAR – PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
TAFE NSW Illawarra attending Kiama High School

 

EMPLOYERS

These awards recognise the outstanding training provided by industry to students completing VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses or School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Employer nominations came from schools, students and workplacement service providers and were assessed by a selection panel comprised of local school and industry representatives.

In the last twelve months, 591 employers have been involved in hosting 3352 VET students in the Illawarra; of these, five employers were nominated for an Award in 2016. The recipients of these awards were:

Caveau Restaurant/Mochi Dining – EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE TRAINING

Best & Less – EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE TRAINING

Wollongong City Council – EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE TRAINING

Star Group – EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE TRAINING

 

TEACHERS, TRAINERS & COORDINATORS

These awards showcase the outstanding contribution made by VET Coordinators and VET Teachers in Government and Catholic schools, TAFE Campuses and private RTOs. Winners of these awards were required to attend an interview where a panel of 3 judges assessed the nominees along with their nomination before determining suitable winners. The nominees were judged on their participation within the school and the community as well as their commitment to ongoing industry training. The recipients of these awards were:

Joshua Delucyk – INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
Five Islands Secondary College

Geoff Volk – TEACHING EXCELLENCE & INNOVATION
Edmund Rice College

Gavin Priest – STUDENT FOCUS & OUTCOMES
TAFE NSW Illawarra

 

SPONSORSHIP

Our awards would not have been possible without our valued sponsors

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PHOTOS

Photographs on the night were taken by the skilled Josh Brightman from Balanced Image Studio. Photos will be made available to schools in the coming weeks.

 

THE BAND

Entertainment was provided by the talented Kiama High School Clarinet Quartet:

Aidan Stevens
Olivia Burke
Jennie Smith
Louise Luke

 

2016 ILLAWARRA VET AWARDS WINNER’S BOOKLET

Illawarra Schools Excellence in Vocational Education & Training Awards 2016

Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this event a success!