Educational Pathways Program celebrates NSW Training Awards Regional Finalists and Winners

Several EPP students from across NSW have showcased their remarkable achievements at the NSW Training Awards, while highlighting the opportunities available through vocational education and training.  

Image: Aaliyah Morley, joint winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

The NSW Training Awards recently concluded its annual regional events, shining a spotlight on outstanding individuals who have excelled in vocational education and training (VET). Among the finalists and winners, a remarkable group emerged from the Educational Pathways Program (EPP) showcasing their dedication, skills, and achievements in their respective fields.

The EPP has been at the forefront of promoting VET as a viable and attractive option for students seeking diverse career pathways. By bridging the gap between industry needs and skills development, the program plays a pivotal role in nurturing the talents of young individuals and promoting lifelong learning among adults.

This year's regional awards witnessed an impressive array of finalists including 29 individuals representing EPP, who demonstrated exceptional skills, innovation, and dedication across various categories. From health services to early childhood education and agriculture the finalists represented the wide spectrum of industries benefiting from VET.

Of the 29 finalists, five outstanding students emerged as EPP winners across three categories:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Aaliyah Morley (Qualification: Certificate III in School Based Education Support, Employer: NSW Department of Education, School: Peel High School, Training Provider: KARBEN Training Solutions )

Zali Reynolds (Qualification: Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, Employer: Central Coast Local Health District, School: Northlakes High School, Training Provider: TAFE NSW)

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Elizabeth King (Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, School: Oxley High School, Training Provider: TAFE NSW)

Riley McCann (Qualification: Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, School: Dapto High School, Training Provider: Public Schools NSW, Wagga Wagga )

School-Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Fatusama Fuamatu (Qualification: Certificate III in Barbering, Employer: Royal Blends Barbershop, School: Eagle Vale High School, Training Provider: TAFE NSW)

A leader commented, "the impressive finalists showcased the world-class vocational education and training (VET) sector in the region.

“This year, the 68th anniversary of this prestigious ceremony, we received a record number of entries highlighting the energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.

“The awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of our training achievers in the state.

“I congratulate all winners and I wish them luck for the NSW finals later this year."

With the Educational Pathways Program and the NSW Training Awards leading the charge, the future of vocational education in New South Wales looks brighter than ever before, promising a well-trained, skilled, and motivated workforce that will drive the state's economy and contribute to the greater good.

Now that the regional awards have concluded, the interview process for the NSW State finalists are commencing with the outcomes being announced in the coming weeks. These talented students who have won regionally will then be provided the opportunity to become Educational Pathways VET Ambassadors and serve as role models for the next generation of skilled workers, inspiring others to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on their communities.

For further information on the winners and their achievements visit NSW Training Awards

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