North Coast and Mid North Coast Region

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2023 North Coast & Mid North Coast Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Amy Jarrett
Qualification: Certificate III in Individual Support
Trained by: NVCollege
Employed by: Nambucca Valley Care Ltd

Apprentice of the Year

Ryan Robinson
Qualification: Certificate III in Carpentry
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: HVTC Mid Coast

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Tayla Hiscock
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
School: St Paul's College Kempsey
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: NSW Health Service - Mid North Coast Local Health District

Trainee of the Year

Ciara Smith
Qualification: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Trained by: ECTARC
Employed by: Cubby House for Kids

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Laicy Costgan
Qualification: Certificate II in Construction Pathways
School: Newman Senior Technical College
Trained by: Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Limited

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Colin Taranto
Employed by: NTHA Training

Vocational Student of the Year

Tracie Wood
Qualification: Diploma of Project Management
Trained by: BSI Learning
Employed by: Department of Communities and Justice

About the committee

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.

The North Coast regional presentation celebrates the quality that the VET sector generates from Taree in the south to Tweed Heads in the north.

The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to support local finalists, network with local businesses, training providers, departmental staff and senior government representatives. Businesses and training organisations will be showcasing individuals who have strived to achieve excellence in their vocation and industry. Regional award winners may have the opportunity to represent the North Coast at the State Awards and ultimately, the National Training Awards.

This year, the regional awards ceremony will recognise excellence in the following categories.

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • VET in Schools Student of the Year
  • North Coast Achievement Award
  • Achievement Award and Adam Hollis Memorial Award

Postcodes covered by this region include:

  • 2312
  • 2426-2456
  • 2460-2474
  • 2476-2490
  • 2898-2899

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Committee members

Name Organisation
Ashlee Wilcox – Treasurer Major Training
Corinne Milgate Training Services NSW
Dain Churchill – Secretary Training Services NSW
Elissa Lees Training Services NSW
Glenn Jeffery Department of Education - Lismore High
Ingrid Johansen – President Connect Northern Rivers
Kain McGarry Tursa
Lucy Du Frocq - Public Officer Training Services NSW
Nick Hunter MEGT
Sally Ford Department of Education - The Rivers Secondary College
Sara Morgan Ambassador
Sophie-Rose Hastie Richmond Valley Council
Sue Miller Lismore City Council
Toni Bellos Department of Education

Our sponsors

  • ETC
  • Verto
  • Apprenticeship Support Australia
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Connect Northern Rivers Inc
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Newman Senior Technical College
  • Hunter Valley Training Company
  • ACE Community Colleges
  • TAFE NSW Smart Skilled & Hired – Youth Employment
  • CHS Training
  • Novaskill
  • Tursa

Contact details

For more information about the North Coast & Mid North Coast Regional Training Awards, please contact:

Dain Churchhill
P: 0407 224 054


  • Skills
  • VET


  • VET

Business Unit:

  • Training Services NSW
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