Hunter & Central Coast Region

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2024 Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Warrali Griffiths
Qualification: Certificate III in Business
Trained by: Australian College of Commerce & Management
Employed by: Revenue NSW
School: Maitland High School

Apprentice of the Year

Jacinta Ferris
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: AGL Macquarie

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Dascha Harrison
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
School: Newcastle High School
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Hunter New England Local Health District

Trainee of the Year

Lachlan Carey
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Trained by: Atkinson Training & Development
Employed by: A Magical Time Childrens Centre

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Seth Newton
Qualification: Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
School: Hunter Trade College
Trained by: Hunter Trade College Ltd

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Jenny Gurr
Field of Study: Hospitality
Employed by: Association of Independent Schools NSW

Vocational Student of the Year

Lori-Anne Brown
Qualification: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Trained by: TAFE NSW

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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