August 24th, 2023

The NSW Launch of National Skills Week was held on Tuesday 22 August At NSW Parliament house. Huge turnout representing a wide diversity of supporters and partners  from all sectors of the community. A collaboration between SkillsOne, Training Services NSW and Business Sydney  that showcased and reflected the strength of all sectors working together to promote and celebrate  Vocational Education and Training.

Mr David Collins, PSM ,Executive Director Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Education did a magnificent job as Master of ceremonies keeping everyone of track and engaged.

Speakers included

  •  Key Note Address  by The Hon. (Prue) Prudence Ann CAR, MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Early Learning, Minister for Western Sydney, and Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education
  • Mr Brian Wexham, Chair National Skills Week and CEO SkillsOne Television
  • Paul Nicolaou  Business Sydney Executive Director, as the Moderator of Panels
  • 2 diverse panels of  NSW Training Award Winners- VET Teachers and students plus employers and parents speaking on Skills future, initiatives, and programs to meet the needs of industry
  • The first panel showcased the critical role of VET teachers in the provision of quality training, and introduced some of the teachers across the sector: Casey Fox – St George Community College, Megan Renwick,-  representing VET  teachers training in Secondary Schools at the NSW  Department of Education ,Sean Law- TAFENSW and Karita Crossman Central Coast Community College
  •  The 2nd panel  explored School Based Apprenticeships: From School through to full apprenticeship and beyond and the role of RIEP officers:  Panellists included  Madelyn Hurkett- Employer Bambinos, Sarah Stokes- Parent, Chris Davis- Training Services NSW, Kaitlin Stokes- SBAT Student, Tyler Pokran- Apprentice Chef Tetsuya’s ( former SBAT)
  • There was also a showcase of VET practices in the event space provided by TAFENSW.


photo credits: Hannah Cazar


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