Acacia Gardens local Ethan Zammit has taken out the Vocational Education School Student of the Year award at the 2021 Annual NSW Training Awards.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly congratulated Ethan for his achievement after completing a Certificate III in Live Production and Services training.

“Ethan’s training started midway through the COVID-19 lockdown enrolling in a Certificate III in Live Production and Services delivered by St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens” Mr Conolly said.

“The Parish of St John XXIII recognised Ethan’s exceptional talent and appointed him AV and IT Coordinator. He is the first young adult to fill the role. He recently enjoyed the challenge of upgrading the parish’s AV and IT systems. With COVID-safe plans in hand, he also devised innovative ways to run events.”

Ethan said he is responsible in his work for the operation, purchase and maintenance of equipment and to train new sacristans and acolytes in its use. “This role complements my VET training and helps me grow professionally and personally,” Ethan said.

“My VET course has significantly improved my knowledge of sound and lighting. It’s opened up a whole new world of information about the industry including performance agreements, risk assessments, and safety processes.”

NSW Minister for Skills and Higher Education Geoff Lee said Ethan has made the State proud as he goes on to represent the State on a National level.

“It is a great honour to be recognised on a State level and I have no doubt Ethan will go on to be a great ambassador for vocational education and training in the industry,” Mr Lee said.

“The students, educators and training providers represented at the NSW Training awards are living proof that NSW’s training system is gold standard.

“I congratulate Ethan on being named Vocational Education School Student of the Year and wish him the best when he represents NSW at the Australian Training Awards.”

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by the NSW Department of Education in recognition of outstanding achievements in VET.

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