Moss Vale resident and TAFE NSW Wollongong student Samantha Trotter has been honoured as a finalist at the prestigious 2018 NSW Training Awards Presentation Event at the Sydney Town Hall last night.
Ms Trotter, an employee at Gumnut Patisserie in Mittagong, said she was “a bit surprised” by the recognition.
“I think there are a lot of people who deserve to win this,” Ms Trotter said.
“I feel privileged to receive this award, it is nice to have my work and effort recognised. I didn’t know anything about being a pastry chef before my TAFE NSW training and apprenticeship.
“Being involved in these competitions helped my confidence grow and has helped me to work better under pressure. It also encourages me to try new things and learn new techniques.
“Through the competition and my TAFE NSW training I’ve developed personal skills as well as planning skills. It’s also a good way to see where you’re at in comparison to others in the industry. I finished TAFE NSW apprenticeship in January so now I’m a qualified pastry chef. Mum’s super proud.”
TAFE NSW regional general manager Kerry Penton congratulated Ms Trotter.
“This is a wonderful result for TAFE NSW and testament to our commitment to providing the best training to our students, delivered by teachers with real industry experience,” Ms Penton said.
“TAFE NSW prides itself on equipping students with practical skills and work experience so they’re ready to hit the ground running in their chosen field. I have no doubt that Samantha, and the many other TAFE NSW winners and finalists, will go on to be ambassadors for TAFE NSW and forge highly successful careers.”
The annual Training Services NSW event recognises outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector.
The awards honour and reward the accomplishments of students, trainers/teachers and registered training organisations across the state.
The NSW Training Award winners will proceed to the coveted Australian Training Awards, which will be held in Sydney this November.