Coffs Harbour student named School-based Trainee of the Year

Coffs Harbour Senior College student Danika Elley took home the title of School-based Trainee of the Year at the 2018 HVTC Excellence Awards held in Newcastle on Friday 4 May.

Danika started the school-based traineeship with group training organisation HVTC North Coast in early 2017 and is completing a Certificate II in Food and Beverage Services with host employer Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged.

She said the opportunity to graduate Year 12 with not only an HSC and ATAR, but a Cert II qualification and two years of experience in a production kitchen was too good to resist.

“I’m completing hospitality as a subject in my HSC so I was excited to gain experience outside of the classroom environment by entering the hospitality industry and food product development,” said Danika.

Thanks to the school-based traineeship opportunity, Danika feels she is now better prepared for further study and the workforce.

“The traineeship has allowed me to understand what is involved in running a production kitchen and I’m now certain that I want to pursue a career in food product development.

“I’ve also been able to apply the knowledge I’ve gained about nutrition, functional food properties, temperature control and processing techniques from my school-based traineeship in HSC classes and assessment tasks.”

Winners in the 13 Excellence Award categories were selected from finalists across HVTC’s ten regional branches located throughout New South Wales.

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith says vocational education pathways can lead to career success for many young people.

“These awards not only celebrate the great results of our apprentices and trainees but they also reflect the significant role our business and industry partners play in making sure our young people secure quality employment outcomes,” Ms Smith said.

The HVTC School-based Trainee of the Year Award was sponsored by The Mutual.

2018 HVTC Excellence Award winner, Danika Elley

Image: Daniel Hardinge (HVTC North Coast), Danika Elley, Geoffrey Seccombe (The Mutual)