FIVE Orange apprentices were recognised for their achievements at the 2014 Western NSW Region Training Awards at Orange Ex-Services Club on Friday night.
Ten apprentices from the region, which stretches from Lithgow to Broken Hill and from Goodooga in the north of the state to West Wyalong, were acknowledged at the ceremony for their outstanding efforts in their respective industries.
Of the Orange apprentices Peter Maher was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student of the year and James Wolters was named apprentice of the year, while Jonathan Taylor was recognised for excellence in electrotechnology award, Jessica Boys won the award for woman in non-traditional trade and Duncan Logan won the award for excellence in trade skills.
Other winners included Nicholas Steepe from Dubbo who was named vocational student of the year, Elise Spedding from Parkes who was the trainee of the year, Jessie Haydon from Condobolin who was named VET in schools student of the year, Jonathan White from Bathurst who won the Phil Darby memorial award and Alex Rotzler from Cowra who was named the top apprentice in vehicle trades.
More than 160 family members and employers attended the ceremony and WestVet promotions committee member Kay Stevenson said it was an important event on the vocational training calendar.
“Especially in vocational training, apprentices aren’t recognised as often as, say, universities who recognise achievements often. These recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices in western NSW,” she said.
The award recipients will attend the NSW Training Awards in Sydney in September and compete against recipients from nine other regions in their categories for a chance represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards at the end of the year.