On Thursday 22 June, Year 12 student Nicholas Capovilla from Trinity Grammar School, was announced the winner of the School-Based Trainee of the Year for the Southern and South-Western Sydney region at the NSW Training Awards which took place at the Liverpool Catholic Club.
The award recognises Nicholas’ excellence in the training sector, along with his commitment and innovative approach to formal studies at school and in the workplace. This is an outstanding achievement in the hotly contested Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, and has proven valuable for Nicholas in gaining industry skills, and high levels of achievement in the construction industry.
“Being an award winner representing Trinity Grammar School at the NSW Training Awards is an honour and a privilege,” said Nicholas. “This platform can give me further opportunity to promote my Construction Traineeship, to my School and the wider community. My traineeship is the best decision I have ever made and one that I know will set me up for life both personally and professionally.”
As the premier awards for vocational education and training in NSW, the Awards are a great way to receive recognition for the effort that individuals, employer and training organisations put into VET.
“There are more than 54,000 students engaging in VET in schools in NSW each year so it’s a wonderful achievement to be selected as a finalist, let alone winner of this prestigious VET award. We’re very proud of Nicholas’ achievement and it’s great for the school too as it demonstrates that our VET courses are among the best in NSW,” said Trinity Director of Vocational Education, Dr Frederick Osman.
The NSW Training Awards receives a large number of entries each year. To help promote vocational education and training and recognise the excellence displayed throughout the NSW training system most of the Awards are judged by regional VET promotional committees at regional events. These committees are comprised of stakeholders in the VET system such as Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP), training providers, employers and employer groups, industry bodies and Training Services NSW staff.
Regional Training Awards presentation dinners show the extent of the quality that the VET sector produces in NSW. With a combined attendance of over 4,000 guests, the NSW Training Awards are the biggest celebration of VET in Australia.
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 91644), Trinity Grammar School offers boys in Year 11 and 12 a unique vocational pathway, with VET Certificate II courses in Construction Pathways, Electro-technology and Hospitality, and Certificate III courses in Information Digital Media Technology and Entertainment.
Encompassing school-based traineeships, these courses are exclusive to Trinity, providing boys with both vocational training and an ATAR. Additionally, Trinity offers students in Years 8 to 10 a nationally accredited Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets, which is the only course of its kind in Australia.
Trinity’s Dr Frederick Osman and Year 12 winner Nicholas Capovilla (12Ho)