2020 HVTC Excellence Awards

The HVTC Excellence Awards celebrate our ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in training and employment. 

Given the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the 2020 Awards were presented virtually, allowing us to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our apprentices and trainees, students and host employers, while ensuring the safety of all involved.

Congratulations to all our winners!


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Apprentice of the Year - Alex Gonzalez

Hosted by University of Wollongong


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Apprentice of the Year Highly Commended - Jordon Peterson

Hosted by Nestle Australia


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Trainee of the Year - Chantal Nash

Hosted by PGSR


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Trainee of the Year Encouragement - Finlay Hegarty

Hosted by Shoalhaven City Council

 

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Woman in Non-Traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee
of the Year - Georgia Foley

Hosted by Narrabri Coal Operations


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Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Tyler Mills

Hosted by Narrabri Coal Operations


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School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year - Cassandra O'Carroll

Hosted by Shoalhaven City Council


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RTO Online Student of the Year - Amber Andrews

Hosted by Singleton Council


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RTO Student of the Year - Cameron Bowman

Employed by HunterNet hosted by Hedweld

 

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RTO Achievement Award - Stephanie Dark

Employed by Glencore

 

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Small Host Employer of the Year - Quirindi Tyres

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Large Host Employer of the Year - KJ Industrial Scaffolding

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 Host Employer Safety Award - Novocastrian Electrical

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Overall Host Employer of the Year - BlueScope

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Milton Morris Encouragement Award - Maddison Baccinelli

Hosted by Shoalhaven City Council

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HVTC Employee of the Year - Melanie Macaulay


Thank you to our generous sponsors

OVERALL AWARDS SPONSOR - VERTO

VERTO is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation assisting businesses and individuals with all their apprenticeship, employment and training needs. Our expertise covers a range of areas including Aboriginal services, Australian apprenticeships services, disability services, employment services and vocational training to help businesses, individuals and local industry to thrive. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities and we’ve built a track record of exemplary customer service over 35 years, built around an ethical approach. You'll find the team in over 40 locations across NSW, Victoria, and the ACT.

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MAJOR SPONSORS

 

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Origin

Origin has a rich heritage in energy exploration, production, power generation and retailing. Today, we're a leading provider of energy to homes and businesses throughout Australia, working every day to make energy more affordable, more sustainable, smarter and easier. We use a range of energy sources to make electricity, from traditional fuels like coal and natural gas, to renewables like the wind and the sun. Since acquiring Australia’s largest power station in 2013, Origin has employed over 50 apprentices at the Eraring power station and this program continues in 2020 with 18 apprentices on site.

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Trainee of the Year – Sponsored by NSW Minerals Council

The NSW Minerals Council is the peak industry association representing the $24 billion mining industry in NSW. Our membership comprises over 100 producers, mine operators, explorers and associated mining services providers and includes all of the major mining companies operating in NSW. Many of our members also operate in other Australian states and globally. On behalf of our members we work closely with government, regulators, other industries, the media, unions and local mining communities to foster a dynamic, efficient and sustainable industry in NSW.

 

 

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Milton Morris Encouragement Award – Sponsored by Glencore

Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. Glencore has operated in Australia for nearly 20 years and holds significant interests in a range of commodity industries across all mainland states and the Northern Territory. Our Australian coal business, headquartered in the Hunter Valley, comprises 16 operating mines and employs almost 10,000 people. We also have one of the coal industry’s largest apprenticeship programs with nearly 200 apprentices.  

 

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CATEGORY SPONSORS

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

The Mutual Bank is one of the Hunter’s longest operating financial institution’s and has proudly served the people of The Hunter for more than 130 years. With our modern banking solutions and traditional business values, The Mutual Bank 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. The Mutual Bank, Talk to us….

 

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

Peabody is a leading global pure-play coal company with 23 operations and 7,600 employees. In Australia, Peabody owns and operates eight mines including four in New South Wales. As a leading producer and supplier of coal, we are powering sustainable economic prosperity and advancing the next generation of clean coal technologies that will help people enjoy longer, healthier and higher quality lifestyles. We actively participate in the communities in which we operate, and value partnerships that focus on developing and supporting young Australians.

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RTO Student 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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Large Host Employer of the Year Award – Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank

The Commonwealth Bank (CBA) is one of Australia’s leading providers of personal banking, business and institutional banking and share broking services. With 17.4 million customers and a history spanning more than a century, the Group’s purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of its customers and communities. CBA is Australia’s leader in digital banking and maintains the largest branch network across the country. The Regional and Agribusiness Banking arm of CBA provides a comprehensive range of services to small business, corporate and agribusiness customers located in regional Australia.

 

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Host Employer Safety Award – Sponsored by Centennial

Centennial is an underground coal producer in NSW and a wholly owned subsidiary of Banpu Public Company Limited; a leading integrated energy solutions Company in Asia Pacific. Centennial supplies coal to domestic and export markets and fuels approximately 40% of NSW’s coal fired electricity. Operating five mines in NSW, in Lake Macquarie and the western coalfields near Lithgow (including rehabilitation projects and potential new mining projects), Centennial employs over 1,700 people. We will not compromise on safety. We seek zero harm to our people and expect strong safety leadership. We aim to continue enhancing the environmental management of our operations while building, developing and maintaining strong community relations.

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