Northern Rivers local named Trainee of the Year

Murwillumbah local Caillan Baker has taken out the Trainee of the Year accolade at the 2019 HVTC Excellence Awards.

Caillan attended the Awards ceremony in Newcastle last Friday night, where she was recognised alongside 14 other award winners from across NSW.

The 20-year-old is completing a Certificate III in Business Administration qualification with HVTC and host employer, Murwillumbah Community Health Centre (Northern NSW Local Health District) and is due to complete in the coming months.

Caillan said she was incredibly shocked to find out she had been chosen as the recipient of the Trainee of the Year Award, which was sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council.

“It was an incredible feeling being named HVTC’s Trainee of the Year,” Caillan said.

“This is my first job so I really wasn’t expecting to win, but I’m really proud of myself.

“I’m planning to move to Brisbane soon so having the award and traineeship experience on my resume will be really helpful.

“This traineeship has taught me many new things about NSW Health and working within the health system and I believe it is a fantastic starting point for people new to the workforce as a whole, or for anyone interested in starting a career in the health sector.

“The traineeship has been a great experience and both NSW Health and HVTC have been so helpful. I’m now looking forward to progressing in my career and embarking on new challenges.”

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith said the achievements of trainees like Caillan highlight the important role the VET sector plays in the upskilling of Australia’s future workforce.

“The HVTC Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the high calibre of our apprentices, trainees, students and the many host employers we partner with to deliver skills training and employment opportunities across NSW,” Smith said.

“Throughout her traineeship, Caillan has received exceptional feedback from her HVTC Field Officer and her workplace supervisors, many of whom have praised her professionalism, positive attitude, and customer service skills.

“Through feedback like this, I know Caillan will have a bright future ahead of her and look forward to seeing where her qualification will take her in the future.”

The Northern Rivers has produced many quality apprentices and trainees over the years, including HVTC’s 2018 Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, Karri Williams.

Ms Smith said one of the key things behind of the success of trainees like Caillan and Karri has been the support offered by their Field Officers and host employers.

“Caillan and Karri were lucky to work for organisations that share our belief in the importance of career pathways that offer on-the-job practical experience, ensuring a smoother transition between training and employment,” she said.

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