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  • Writer's pictureHon Sam Farraway MLC


The region’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and teachers were recognised yesterday at the Western NSW 2022 NSW Training Awards in Mudgee.

NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said Orange students should be congratulated for their dedication and drive, in particular Sophia De Vries, who took out the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the ceremony.

“Sophia undertook a Digital Service Representative traineeship with HVTC and Service NSW Goulburn to improve her customer service skills and take the next step in her career,” Mr Farraway said.

“Sophia’s passion is a shining example of the diligence that regional students have in furthering their education. She has proven to be an asset to her team by becoming involved in the training and developing of new trainees and team members. I congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.”

The NSW Training Awards are held annually to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.

Mr Farraway also commended

Orange local, Sam Kiho, who took home the VET in Schools Student of the Year at the regional ceremony.

“Sam is studying a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and thanks to his VET course is one step closer to achieving his long-term career goal as a high school hospitality teacher,” Mr Farraway said.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the enormous breadth of talent amongst this year’s finalists and winners demonstrates the opportunities available for rewarding careers available through vocational education and training.

“Vocational education and training delivers real life skills for people to help them get the jobs they want and it’s great to see so many passionate and enthusiastic young people receiving awards locally,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Government is delivering a range of fee-free and low-fee training to help people get a first job, a new job or a better job, and these awards are a great way to highlight the career opportunities that are available right here in NSW.”


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