2018 HVTC Excellence Awards

To help celebrate our ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in training and employment, on Friday 4 May we hosted the 2018 HVTC Excellence Awards in Newcastle.

The event recognised the outstanding achievements of our employees, students and host employers across NSW. Congratulations to all our winners!


Superior Windows, Small Host Employer of the Year


Kellie Marks (HVTC), Katrina Onslow & Fay Edman


ANSTO, Large Host Employer of the Year


Martin Matthews (PKF), John Crinnion, Maria Murray (HVTC)


Service NSW, Industry Innovation Award


Debbie Boyd (HVTC), Breda Diamond, Dan Pobje, Natasha Gomes (HVTC)


Origin Energy, Host Employer Safety Award


Karen Eveleigh (HVTC), Tony Phillips, Janet Lee (HVTC)


Shelley Higgins, RTO Achievement Award, hosted by Origin Energy


Colin Whitbread (HVTC), Shelley Higgins, Tony Phillips, Karen Eveleigh


Brandon Bendeich, RTO Student of the Year, employed by Glencore


Colin Whitbread, Brandon Bendeich, Paul Gill (Glencore)


Benjamin Baker, Disability Trainee of the Year, hosted by G&K Waters Farm Contracting


Greg Waters (G&K Waters Farm Contractors), Benjamin Baker, Andrew Koster (JobReady), Alana Matthews (HVTC)


Kristy Blacka, Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice of the Year, hosted by ANSTO


Maria Murray, John Crinnion, Kristy Blacka, Michael Dodds (Viatek)


Karri Willliams, Indigenous Trainee of the Year, hosted by Northern NSW Local Health District


Grant Reeves (HVTC), Karri Williams


Danika Elley, School-based Trainee of the Year, hosted by Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged


Daniel Hardinge (HVTC), Danika Elley, Geoffrey Seccombe (The Mutual)


Brad Hancock, Trainee of the Year, hosted by Port Macquarie Hastings Council


Grant Reeves, Phillip Hyde (Centennial Coal), Brad Hancock, Trent Arnold (Port Macquarie Hastings Council)


Naomi Alves, Apprentice of the Year, hosted by BlueScope


Karen Dhillon & Livio Salvestro (Howden Australia), Naomi Alves, Mick Ruddock (HVTC), Anthony Donnelly (BlueScope)


Dominique Kay, HVTC Employee of the Year


Sharon Smith (HVTC CEO), Dominique Kay, Libby Ford (HVTC Operations Manager)

Thank you to our generous 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, Brisbane, 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 1,500. Centennial’s objective is to safely and efficiently mine coal while minimising our environmental footprint and maintaining strong community relations.


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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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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, communications, and records digitisation. 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.


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Disability Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by JobReady

We are much more than simply a software company. JobReady has been developing management software for the Australian Education and Employment Services sectors for over 20 years. In the last 12 months, JobReady has invested significantly in elevating both its products and customer support capabilities resulting in smarter software and greater expertise that in turn will truly move the dial for Group Training Organisations. Moreover, we offer breakthrough insights and exceptional support for compliance, operations, user experience and company growth.


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Large Host Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by PKF

PKF is proud to once again sponsor the HVTC Excellence Awards. Our values of passion, teamwork, clarity, quality and integrity, form the foundations of who we are, how we treat our people, and how we service our clients. Today, PKF is a mid-tier practice, and a national award-winning accounting, tax and business advisory firm which provides a comprehensive range of specialist business services to organisations committed to success, across a broad range of industries. We employ over 200 people in NSW and are passionate about helping local communities.



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.