2017 HVTC Excellence Awards

To help celebrate our ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in training and employment, on 28 April we will host the 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards.

This event will recognise the outstanding achievements of our employees, students and host employers across NSW.

This year's Award winners are:

  • Ben McDonald, Apprentice of the Year, hosted by Peabody, Wambo
  • Brett McPaul, Highly Commended Judges Award, hosted by Buckley's Plant Maintenance
  • Hayley Chapman, Trainee of the Year, hosted by Goulburn Mulwaree Council
  • Brodie Quinn, Indigenous Trainee of the Year, hosted by SAE Group
  • Emma Gibson, Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice of the Year, hosted by Select Plant Hire
  • Isabella Harrison, School-based Trainee of the Year, hosted by Regis Aged Care
  • Samuel Russell, RTO Student of the Year, employed by Glencore, Ravensworth
  • Shoalhaven City Council, Overall Host Employer of the Year
  • ANSTO, Host Employer Safety Award
  • Garden Village Port Macquarie, Large Host Employer of the Year
  • Days Machinery Centre, Small Host Employer of the Year
  • Michele Gauci, Employee of the Year

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.

Award winners will be presented with their trophies at a gala ceremony on 28 April.

Please click here to see the list of 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards finalists.

Thank you to our category sponsors:

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Howden Australia

Founded in 1854, Howden manufactures and supplies engineered heavy duty and light industrial fans, heat exchangers, and compressors and provides a full service, retrofit and maintenance team for air and gas handling equipment in a variety of industries. Incorporated in Australia in 1948, and with facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Cardiff and Perth, Howden Australia works with customers across the power generating, petrochemical, oil and gas, mining, iron and steel and other industrial sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by Centennial Coal

Centennial Coal is a large underground coal producer in NSW. Centennial supplies coal to domestic and export markets and fuels approximately 40% of NSW’s coal fired electricity. Centennial has a large geographic base, operating five mines throughout NSW, in Lake Macquarie and in the western coalfields near Lithgow, and employs 1,400. Centennial’s objective is to safely and efficiently mine coal while minimising our environmental footprint and maintaining strong community relations.


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Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Klosters

Over 80 years ago, the Kloster Group was founded upon the desire to ensure equity of transport and opportunity for communities of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. In 2017, this company of over 500 employees is at the forefront of massive change and challenge taking place within the automotive industry. Klosters proudly encourages and supports innovation, diversity and the breaking down of stereotypes with the aim of being one of our region’s leading employers of choice and Australia’s best automotive dealer.


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Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by Viatek

Viatek is a services-based organisation delivering tailored business solutions across all aspects of print, IT and communications. Established in 1984, Viatek’s 23 offices spread across regional and metropolitan Victoria, NSW and Queensland are proudly Australian owned and operated. By providing scalable, responsive, cost effective technology solutions, Viatek helps Australian businesses grow and transform. We value long-term relationships with our people and customers and have a strong track record of actively supporting local community and charity events.



School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Sponsored by The Mutual

The Mutual is the Hunter’s longest operating financial institution and has proudly served the people of the Hunter for more than 125 years. With our modern banking solutions and traditional business values, The Mutual offers a full suite of personal and business banking products, delivered by dedicated and member-focused staff. Our branch and ATM network, as well as mobile and electronic facilities, ensure that our members can bank with us anywhere, anytime.


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RTO Student of the Year - Sponsored by Days Machinery Centre

Days Machinery Centre in Casino has supplied and serviced agricultural farming machinery and lawn care products to the Northern Rivers community since 1951. A locally owned business, Days Machinery now offers a range of services to farming communities, councils, businesses, government organisations and consumers. They supply and sell quality products, and offer complete after sales care including spare parts, servicing and repairs - all under one roof. Days Machinery believe that knowledgeable, well trained staff are key to business success.


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Overall Host Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by PKF

PKF are proud to once again be a sponsor of the HVTC Excellence Awards. With over 220 team members across Sydney and the Hunter we are passionate about supporting local people, business and the community. For business owners, PKF Sydney and Newcastle is an independent and locally owned firm that is part of the PKF family providing specialist accounting, business advisory and wealth services to a diverse range of clients. For more information and to contact the PKF team head to pkf.com.au



Host Safety Award – Sponsored by SafetyQuip

SafetyQuip is a locally owned and operated supplier of workplace safety products and services. Our range covers the full scope including equipment, workwear, footwear and hard-to-find products. Customers rely on our professional advice for easy selection, ordering and ensuring they have the right equipment and clothing. We also offer a fully stocked mobile shop. SafetyQuip caters for first aid, fire safety, height safety, traffic control, environmental spill control and has signage and safety lighting. It is a one-stop safety shop.


Large Host Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by JobReady

JobReady is the number one provider of VET software in Australia including leading systems for Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations. The next generation cloud-based CRM JobReady Direct for GTOs ensures a modern, mobile workforce. At JobReady, we believe that when your staff have intuitive, time-saving tools, they perform their jobs better and provide more value to your business.


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Small Host Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by C.ex Group

The C.ex Group is a group of clubs on the Coffs Coast, consisting of C.ex Coffs, C.ex Woolgoolga and C.ex Urunga. C.ex Group provides safe, friendly and comfortable venues with plenty of entertainment and dining options for our members and guests. The C.ex Group prides itself on being known as a community club; a club that supports every facet of its community and the livelihood of those living within it.