HVTC horticulture apprentice takes out major award

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro, was special guest at HVTC’s Excellence Awards presentation in Newcastle on Friday 15 April 2016 where Kirrawee’s Kirsten Eden was named 2016 HVTC Woman in Non-traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee of the Year.

The award recognised Kirsten’s outstanding performance and her passion for developing her career as a horticulturalist in what is generally considered a non-traditional industry for women.

Facilitated through HVTC, nineteen year old Kirsten recently completed a three-year Certificate III Production Nursery apprenticeship with host employer Sutherland Shire Council.

Kirsten is now building on her experience working with the Council and is undertaking a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management. She is also a regular Bushcare volunteer.

“This award is a great stepping stone on which I can develop my career and my future. It makes me even more passionate to do better,” said Kirsten.

“My apprenticeship with HVTC has been a very positive experience. Their support network is unbelievable. I’m honoured that people think so highly of me and my work.”

HVTC’s Excellence Awards showcase the exceptional achievements of its apprentices, trainees and host businesses. Award winners are selected from finalists nominated from across the company’s ten regional offices.

“The HVTC Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of the company’s apprentices and trainees, and on behalf of the NSW Government I congratulate Kirsten, as well as the other award winners on their achievements,” Mr Barilaro said.

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.

Ms Smith also thanked the judging panel, Byron Dodd (Training Services NSW), Jason Foster (VERTO) and Jason Sultana (GTA NSW and ACT).

“Our judges’ expertise and understanding of our business, and our goals and objectives for our apprentices, trainees and host businesses, has been reflected in the outstanding calibre of this year’s award recipients.”

HVTC Sydney Field Officer, Kay Tiyce, said Kirsten’s enthusiasm and commitment would see her succeed in her chosen career.

“It’s been tremendous working with Kirsten throughout her apprenticeship. She has a real passion for the industry and her dedication is reflected in her great TAFE results and the respect her colleagues have for her,” said Kay.

HVTC Award Winners Kirsten Eden 

Kirsten Eden, 2016 HVTC Woman in Non-Traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee of the Year.