One of the major differences between the Higher School Certificate pathway that is offered at Newman College and that of traditional educational pathways is the manner in which success is measured. In a traditional setting the ATAR is the measure of success. A Band 6 is the highest recognition for student achievement in a course with the most outstanding individual in each subject being placed on a “First in Course Merit List”, but in Vocational Education and Training (VET) an equivalent recognition is the NSW Training Awards. 

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. To be nominated for these awards is an outstanding achievement, to be a finalist places students in elite company. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank all staff and employers who provide students with the opportunities needed to develop their skills and knowledge to such a high level. We also thank Claire McGregor, Newman College Industry Liaison Officer, for all of her work ‘behind the scenes’ in supporting the students and ensuring that their talent is recognised. It is outstanding that these students were nominated in the following categories:

Year 12 School-based Apprentice/Trainee

  • Keagan Wadwell – Joinery
  • Mickayla Ackroyd – Hairdressing
  • Hannah Reinke – Individual Support
  • Chloe Verdon – Individual Support
  • Holly Auld – Business
  • Emily Rourke – Equine Studies
  • Angus Patterson – Glass and Glazing
  • Kayla Chapman – IT/Digital Media
  • Lara Hickey – Tourism

VET in Schools Student of the Year

  • Nathaniel Bentley – Hospitality/Furniture Making
  • Ruby L. Taylor – Business
  • Tayla Napier – Individual Support/Hospitality
  • Madeline Young – Retail/Hospitality/Tourism
  • Jaimeel Khan – Construction
  • Cassie Wheeler – Early Childhood

As the premier awards for vocational education and training in NSW, the awards are a great way to receive recognition for the effort of our students, teachers, and employers in VET education. Congratulations to all the nominees on their achievement, it is recognition well deserved.