2017 Annual Awards

TAFE NSW Illawarra's Annual Student Awards is the most important event on the region's calendar, with more than 150 people coming together to celebrate the excellence of our graduates. It's a significant occasion designed to recognise their passion, commitment and achievements.

The event showcases not only their academic excellence but also the personal, workplace and community achievements of our graduates.

In 2017, the special Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, 18 May at the City Beach Function Centre, Wollongong.

The event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors who assist in recognising the outstanding achievements of our graduates.

Platinum Partner

Apprenticeship Support Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia launched in 2015 to deliver the Australian Governments ‘Australian Apprenticeship Support Network’ under a contract from the Department of Education and Training.

Apprenticeship Support Australia brings the 16 years of continuous apprenticeship services experience of Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre in NSW and the ACT to Queensland, with the support of business expertise from around the country.

Apprenticeship Support Australia’s services are focused on lifting apprenticeship commencement and completion rates through the provision of support at every stage of the employment cycle.

They offer employers holistic business-wide training advice and can assist in recommending suitable qualifications, advice on how to access Government funding for training, help with matching and recruitment of new staff, as well as ongoing coaching, mentoring and support of apprentices and trainees.

Gold Partners

The Flagstaff Group

The Flagstaff Group is an award winning supported employment enterprise for people with a disability, operating for over 50 years in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Flagstaff is a leading not for profit organisation committed to unlocking the potential of people with disabilities to reach their goals through supported employment, training and building independence.

Flagstaff operates a diversity of sustainable business divisions producing a range of quality products and services including:

  • Print, Mail and Document Scanning
  • Fine Frozen Foods
  • Laundry
  • Paper and Cardboard Recycling
  • Café Visione and Corporate Catering
  • Coffee Sales and Packaging
  • Light Engineering
  • Packaging and Assembly

Flagstaff employs over 340 people of whom 280 of those are people with a disability, and are currently 85 per cent self-sufficient through its own commercial operations.


Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning Illawarra is an organisation whose purpose is to help young people make a successful transition through school and from school to work, further education and training.

"Young People, Our Future” is its motto and they have a vision for strong partnerships between schools, industry, families and the community. It connects students with business in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast and Southern Highlands of New South Wales and plays a vital role in ensuring the regions young people secure their future.


Silver Partners

Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

The Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) can provide support, information and direction to help your experience with your apprentice and to ensure his or her completion and full qualification in bricklaying.

Once you have registered the Bricklayer Apprentice with ABBTF for the subsidies for your business, you can use ABBTF as an important ongoing resource.


City Beach Function Centre

Widely recognised as Wollongong's premier events centre, guests enjoy award-winning service and cuisine, unmatched convenience and flexibility, all at a stunning seaside location. From unforgettable wedding receptions to commanding corporate events, and everything in between, City Beach is ready to bring your next event to life.

Catering to parties big and small, City Beach accommodates up to 320 seated dinner guests and 420 conference delegates. The Ocean and Pearl rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows capturing spectacular views, exclusive balconies to soak up the seaside ambience, and flexible pillar-less design that lets you put the personal touch on your event. Our experienced event coordinators are waiting to meet with you, discuss your needs, and tailor a personalised package to help you create an event to be remembered.


Defence Force Recruiting

Career opportunities in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are as diverse as the skills you'll learn. With over 250 different jobs in the Navy, Army and Air Force from trades, administration, combat and security, right through to engineering, medical and health, you'll be sure to find a role that's right for you.

Defence Force Recruting recruit the right people, in the right numbers and at the right time by focusing on the needs of the ADF and our candidates.


Engineers Australia Illawarra Sutherland Regional Committee

Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the engineering profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable future.

Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia. As Australia's principle engineering association, we serve and represent over 100,000 professionals at every level, across all fields of practice. We are committed to advancing engineering and the professional development of our members.

We are the trusted authority of a profession that shapes the lives of every Australian. With countless organisations, institutions and government agencies relying on our expertise to create, accredit and assess engineering programs and practitioners, our proven dedication to engineers and the Australian industry is unparalleled.


Fuji Xerox

Fuji Xerox Australia is part of a world leading enterprise for business and document management services. Through its broad portfolio of document technology, services, software and supplies, Fuji Xerox Australia provides essential back-office support that clears the way for customers to focus on their core business. With awards from the United Nations and the Banksia Environmental Foundation, Fuji Xerox Australia is well recognised for its commitment to sustainability.


HVTC Illawarra

The HVTC Illawarra team are experts in providing employment and training for young people in the Illawarra region. We work closely with business and industry to provide specialised and flexible delivery of total workforce solutions, including the recruitment and management of quality apprentices and trainees.


Illawarra TAFE Student Association (ITSA)

The Illawarra TAFE Student Association is a student association within TAFE NSW. ITSA provides services and facilities for its members; they strive to be a unifying force in the life of the campus community and to encourage interest in and a commitment to TAFE NSW students. Their facilities provide the cultural, social, recreational, intellectual and physical development of members.


Telstra provides network services and solutions to more than 200 of the world’s top 500 companies. They rely on Telstra to do business across 240 countries and territories and to enable greater productivity, efficiency and growth.

Telstra's solutions offer the best of all worlds – skilled people and a rich portfolio of services delivered on their world-class Telstra Next IP® network and Next G® network. To ensure reliable performance, they’re monitored and maintained from their dedicated centres using advanced management and operational systems. And they’re backed by Telstra Enterprise-grade Customer Service™ and one of Australia’s largest and most qualified field and technical workforces.