Hunter & Central Coast Region

The NSW Training Awards are celebrated throughout the state by 9 regional programs. View other regions.

2023 Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Zali Reynolds
Qualification: Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Central Coast Local Health District

Apprentice of the Year

Justin Curley
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Trained by: Central Coast Community College
Employed by: HVTC Hunter

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Regan Beaver
Qualification: Certificate III in Retail
School: MacKillop Catholic College
Trained by: KFC
Employed by: KFC Lakehaven

Trainee of the Year

Celina Pellett
Qualification: Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
Trained by: Tocal College
Employed by: GW & KM Forbes

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Boston Browne
Qualification: Certificate II in Hospitality
School: Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College
Trained by: Village Coffee Hub

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Michael Rooth
Employed by: Gold Training

Vocational Student of the Year

Jye Hall
Qualification: Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
Trained by: Forsythes Training
Employed by: Infrabuild Wire Pty Ltd

About the committee

This is a combined committee representing the Upper Hunter, Hunter, Great Lakes and Central Coast regions.

The committee is made up of key stakeholders from within the vocational education and training arena, including but not limited to; Group Training Companies, Registered Training Organisations, Employers, Employer Associations, School to Work transition providers, Schools, Training Services NSW and the NSW Department of Education.

The committee aims to;

Promote the NSW Training Awards through a Hunter Central Coast regional training awards event including:

  • An event launch
  • Processing and culling nominations, interviews, feedback
  • Personal development (preparation for State Awards)
  • The awards event
  • Awards event review and implementation of continuous improvement

Postcodes covered by this region include:

  • 2250-2311
  • 2313-2339
  • 2415-2425

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Committee members

Name Organisation
Stan Rippon
Theodore McElhenny Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Centre
Libby Ford Hunter Valley Training Company
Nikola Vercoe Novaskill
Ann McClintock
Veronica Maher KFC
Liana Nadalin Department of Education – Training Services NSW
Belinda Cooper Department of Education – Training Services NSW

Contact details

For more information about the Hunter & Central Coast Regional Training Awards, please contact:

Amber Edmonds
M: 0477 746 806


  • Skills
  • VET


  • VET

Business Unit:

  • Training Services NSW
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