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Awards showcase stars of education

Megan Riley originally planned to go to art school but then changed her mind and is now an automotive refinishing technician at Pymble Accident Repair Centre. Picture: Bob Barker.

DEPUTY NSW Premier John Barilaro says the state has paid the price for treating Vocational Education and Training as a “second chance pathway” in years gone by.

Mr Barilaro is adamant an emphasis needs to be placed on VET being a genuine and reliable way to get kids qualified and ready to make a contribution to the workforce.

The Skills Minister is pointing to the NSW Training Awards as an example of how the benefits of VET can be reinforced through success stories.

He is urging both individuals and organisations to get their nominations in by March 17.

“What the awards have done in the past is really shown the stars of Vocational Education and Training,” he said.

“They’ve become ambassadors, in a way, to showcase VET as a pathway and that’s what’s been fantastic about the training awards.”

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