Quiet achievers to be recognised

APPRENTICES and trainees reluctant to blow their own trumpets will be sought out by their teachers and nominated for the annual Riverina NSW Training Awards.

At the awards launch yesterday, at Milspec Manufacturing in Albury, awards chairman David Scoble urged employers to nominate the quiet achievers.

“Some people don’t like blowing their own trumpet,” he said.

“You can help us by nominating these people and making them count.”

The awards, in their 14th year, are about recognising excellence in vocational training.

Training adviser Linda Ireland admitted the awards had an amazing capacity to bring the best out of people.

“By recognising excellence ... it encourages people to participate,” she said.

“These awards aren’t just about academic excellence, it’s about the full package.”

Those who are nominated for the awards, which include apprentice and trainee of the year, go through an interview process before the awards committee chooses the finalists.

The Riverina winners will be announced in June at a dinner in Wagga.

They will then represent the Riverina at the state awards in Sydney, with the chance to go in the running for the national finals.

A former NSW finalist, chef David O’Dea, said it was important people were recognised for what they did.

Nominate at www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au.

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