Central and Northern Sydney Region

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2023 Central and Northern Sydney Region Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Felicity Appleby
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Trained by: Australian College of Commerce & Management
Employed by: Aboriginal Employment Strategy Ltd

Apprentice of the Year

Mitchell Haggerty
Qualification: Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Apprenticeships Are Us Ltd
Hosted by: Alto Group

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Kristina Stima
Qualification: Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
School: Cammeraygal High School
Trained by: Australian Training Company
Employed by: Leisure Employment Australia Pty Ltd

Trainee of the Year

Bridie Searle
Qualification: Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
Trained by: Australian College of Commerce & Management
Employed by: Thales Australia Limited

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Charlize Ashby
Qualification: Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
School: Sydney Catholic Schools
Trained by: Brigidine College Randwick

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Michael Farragher
Employed by: TAFE NSW

Vocational Student of the Year

Peter Hardy
Qualification: Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
Trained by: TAFE NSW

About the committee

The Central and Northern Sydney (Bay2Bay) region represents the area between Broken Bay in the north, to Botany Bay in the south, and the Hills District to the west.

The Bay2Bay VET Promotional Committee Inc represents Central & Northern Sydney region’s profile, which is a very diverse community that is always taking up the challenges of emerging and changing industry. There is a strong representation from new entrant traineeships, apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in the Central & Northern Sydney region.

The Committee structure consists of volunteer members from stakeholders across all areas of vocational education & training sector such as Training Services NSW, Group Training Organisations, ITABs, Schools, Apprenticeship Network Providers and VET Ambassadors.

The Committee objectives include:

  • Promoting the benefits of undertaking vocational education and training
  • Promoting quality VET outcomes through promotional events and media
  • Encouraging and supporting local VET students such as Apprentices, Trainees, School Based Students, VET in School Students, Vocational Students and Teacher/Trainers and their employers to participate in NSW Training Awards
  • Recognising the outstanding work and achievements of local VET students, Training Providers and Organisations across the Central & Northern Sydney (Bay2Bay) region
  • Delivering a successful Regional Training Awards Event to showcase the skills and talent that exists within the VET sector
  • Providing guidance and support for Central and Northern Sydney Regional Training Awards winners progressing to NSW Training Awards

Award winners for each individual category are announced at an annual Regional Awards ceremony. Regional winners then progress to the next level where they are invited to be interviewed for NSW Training Awards.

In 2020, four of Central & Northern Sydney Regional winners were selected as NSW Finalists:

  • Janaya Millgate*
    Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • Leann Reyes
    Apprentice of the Year
  • Renee Rizzardo
    Trainee of the Year
  • Donna Fisher
    Vocational Student of the Year

*Janaya Millgate was chosen as 2020 NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and went on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in November 2020.

Postcodes covered by this region include:

  • 2000-2019
  • 2021-2037
  • 2042-2044
  • 2048-2050
  • 2052-2114
  • 2119-2122
  • 2126
  • 2159
  • 2204

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Committee members

Name Organisation
Carol Amorim AIS - NSW
Charlene Fox VERTO
Debbie Vumbaca Apprenticeship Support Australia
Derek Hennessy Training Services NSW
Maddison Camilleri (President) SCP Consulting
Maggie Guagliardo Training Services NSW
Michelle Heuving (Regional Representative) Training Services NSW

Contact details

For more information about the Bay2Bay VET Promotional Committee or the Central & Northern Sydney Regional Training Awards, please contact:
Michelle Heuving
Training Coordinator
E: Michelle.heuving@det.nsw.edu.au
M: 0477 393 218


  • Skills
  • VET


  • VET

Business Unit:

  • Training Services NSW
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