HVTC North Coast school trainee wins state award

Macksville High School Captain Harry Mitchell is the NSW and ACT School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year after being awarded the honour at the 2015 NSW & ACT Group Training Association (GTA) Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

The 18 year old from Macksville successfully completed a Hospitality Food and Beverage Stream Certificate II in 2014 while attending school and undertaking work placement at Nambucca Valley Care.

In April Harry was named School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the HVTC Excellence Awards. He was also named Head Chef and won the Least Food Miles competition for sourcing local produce in the 2014 Coffs Harbour Region’s Future Chef Challenge

Harry says his hospitality traineeship has made him more employable and his ultimate career goal is to work with food and be recognised for his passion in its preparation.

“I am lucky to have found such a great vocation where I have felt supported all the way by HVTC and have really enjoyed every aspect of my training and work,” Harry said.

The teenager has been described as a highly enthusiastic individual and was rewarded for his exceptional standards and commitment to his traineeship.

HVTC had six finalists and took out two major awards at the state event. 24 year old mechanical engineering apprentice Kyle Kruger (HVTC Illawarra) won the state Apprentice of the Year Award.

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith attended the event and congratulated Harry and the other finalists on their achievements.

“Harry is incredibly focussed, both personally and professionally, and is a fantastic ambassador for both the VET sector and his industry,” Ms Smith said.

“This result is an absolute credit to our talented trainees and apprentices and to our dedicated and experienced staff.”

“Most importantly, these awards also reflect the significant role our business and industry partners play in making sure our young people secure quality employment outcomes,” Ms Smith said.

HVTC was Australia’s first group training company and has provided employment and training opportunities to more than 20,000 people for the past 34 years.