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TAFE NSW reinforced its important role in the education and training landscape during the 2017 Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Advisory Committee (CCATAC) presentation, with its students taking home the lion’s share of awards.

The 2017 CCATAC awards night recognised 14 TAFE NSW graduates among the outstanding vocational students, apprentices, trainees, and VET teachers. The prestigious annual awards seek to highlight the importance of vocational education and training excellence across Australia.

Berkeley Vale’s Stevie Aston took out the 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award after impressing judges with her commitment to a career in Aboriginal healthcare. 

Stevie is employed as a School Based Aboriginal Trainee by the Central Coast Local Health District and recently completed a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance with TAFE NSW, a program she undertook alongside her Higher School Certificate studies.

Wamberal’s Matthew Hurley, a fully qualified builder with Chris Wade Constructions, was named the 2017 Vocational Student of The Year for his passion for the industry and commitment to education. 

No stranger to accolades, this award came just a week before Matthew flew to London on Monday 26 June to commence an international internship with renowned UK firm, Chris Dyson Architects. This opportunity was made possible for Matthew as part of receiving an $8,000 BBM Skilled Futures scholarship following his silver medal win at the National WorldSkills Australia Competition in Melbourne last October.

Narara’s Jai Simpson was announced the 2017 Apprentice of The Year. Jai completed his trade level Certificate III in Carpentry at TAFE NSW Ourimbah in 2016.

Stevie, Matthew and Jai will now go forward to the next stage of interviews for the NSW State Training Awards later this year. NSW winners will then compete with those from all states and territories in the 2017 Australian Training Awards.

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by the NSW Department of Industry to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.