Liam Muldoon, from Cumbalum was named 2017 NSW Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held last week at Sydney Town Hall.
The award was in recognition of his studies in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis at TAFE NSW – North Coast and on-the-job training with Gold Fields Australia in Western Australia.
Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin congratulated Liam on the taking out the major award.
‘Liam is currently working as a ‘fly-in-fly-out technician’ at the Agnew Mine site some 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth,’ said Mr Franklin.
‘Liam’s job is to constantly identify industry changes that require further training and his studies have given him a unique skill set that’s highly sought after by employers,’ said Mr Franklin.
Liam said he was also passionate about training young apprentices.
‘The skills I’ve gained from TAFE have set me on a very successful career path,’ Liam said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the vocational education and training (VET) offered in NSW was ‘the critical first step to a stronger economic future for our regions, our state and the nation as a whole,.
‘VET is a great way for people of all ages to access skills and knowledge to open doors to vibrant, rewarding careers in a variety of industry sectors,’ Mr Barilaro said.
‘Liam’s success is typical of the fantastic outcomes that can be achieved through VET and I wish him all the best when he goes on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November,’ Mr Barilaro said.