Award for top young workers

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has urged employers and trainers in the Grenfell to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards.

Ms Cooke said nominations for the regional round of the NSW Training Awards are open until Friday, March 16, 2018.

"The NSW Training Awards are a chance to recognise and congratulate the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector," Ms Cooke said.

"I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award. This is a chance to show your pride in their efforts and your commitment to their training."

Once nominations close, they will be assessed and regional award winners will be announced in June. Winners will then represent our region at the State Finals in September where they will have a chance to be named among NSW's best.

"State winners will compete for NSW for national honours at the Australian Training Awards in November," Ms Cooke said.

VET students can be nominated if they have completed or are due to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the awards are a great way to celebrate the hard-working apprentices, trainees and employers in the Cootamundra electorate.

"As a university drop-out and tradie myself, I want us to do everything we can to recognise and celebrate our apprentices, and promote the benefits of Vocational Education and Training," Mr Barilaro said.

"Last year we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which is a great sign that more and more students, parents and employers in NSW are realising the value of VET.

"I want people to know that university isn't your only option to achieve a rewarding and well-paid career. Our VET sector offers high-quality and affordable training, including in nine out of the 10 occupations predicted to have the highest jobs growth over the next five years, like healthcare, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT and tourism," he said.

Lodge nominations now at https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/