New England Region

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

2023 New England Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Aaliyah Morley
Qualification: Certificate III in School Based Education Support
Trained by: KARBEN Training Solutions
Employed by: Department of Education

Apprentice of the Year

Mathew Nott
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: HVTC North West

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Molly Smith
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
School: McCarthy Catholic College
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Hunter New England Local Health District

Trainee of the Year

Edward Rainger
Qualification: Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Leadership)
Trained by: Response Learning
Employed by: Bindaree Food Group

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Elizabeth King
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
School: Oxley High School
Trained by: TAFE NSW

Vocational Student of the Year

Graeme Elms
Qualification: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Trained by: Tamworth Community College

Committee members

Name Organisation

Robert Walters – Chair

LDO Training

Stephen Vile – Vice Chair

BEST employment

Bede Maher – Secretary

Training Services NSW

Eleze Drew – Treasurer

Training Services NSW

Bronwyn Cocking – Public Officer

Training Services NSW

Joe Townsend

Business NSW

Virginia Fenwicke

Department of Education

Nicky Turner


Katie Hamlin

Tamworth Community College

Tiffany Roworth

Tamworth Community College

Debbie Taekata

Careers Network Inc

Daniel Sassi

Department of Education

Melissa Abra

Department of Education

Keryl Caulfield

Sarina Russo

Fiona Sweeney


Shelley Beard


Sara Abberton

Regional NSW62

Contact details

For more information about the New England Regional Training Awards, please contact:
Bede Maher
Training Services Manager
Greater Northern Skills Development Group Incorporated (GNSDG Inc) Committee Co-ordinator

M: 0428 469 761


  • Skills
  • VET


  • VET

Business Unit:

  • Training Services NSW
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