To help promote vocational education and training and recognise the excellence displayed throughout the NSW training system Regional Training Awards presentation dinners are hosted annually in June. With a combined attendance of over 4,000 guests, the NSW Training Awards are the biggest celebration of VET in Australia.
The Western Sydney Vocational Training Committee (WSVTC) is an association consisting of employers, government, education and Registered Training Organisations with a common aim to promote apprenticeships and traineeships – enhancing the standard of vocational skills in the Western Sydney region.On Friday 16th June, Nathan Taverner was awarded the Phil Derby Encouragement Award at the Western Sydney Training Awards.
Nathan participated in the Citi New Recruits job-ready program for aspiring apprentices and trainees in 2013. He describes how at the start he was shy, unsure and lacking in confidence. After the 3-week hands-on pre-apprenticeship program, followed by 1 week’s work experience in a commercial kitchen, Nathan landed his apprenticeship at the Sebel Resort and Spa in Hawkesbury, New South Wales.
Nathan’s mentor, Lisa Lee says,
Nathan has persevered and pushed his way through his apprenticeship. The chef at the Sebel really helped bring out his confidence.
With the guidance and support of executive chef Pavan Kapoor, Nathan has spent 3 years building his culinary skills as well as his confidence. During his apprenticeship, Nathan has won 2 TAFE culinary cook-offs and was hosted in first-class kitchens. Last year, he received a Citi Markets Scholarship to Melbourne, Victoria, where he was placed at Hellenic Republic and had the opportunity to meet the restaurant’s owner, top chef George Calombaris.
Skilling Australia Foundation congratulates Nathan on his tremendous achievement.