Blake Hingerty stands in a workshop, next to machinery. He is wearing high vis work clothes and stares straight at the camera with his arms crossed, smiling and with safety goggles on his head.
Blake Hingerty from Temora.

The Riverina region’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and training organisations have been recognised at the 2020 NSW Training Awards.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said all the category winners have made our region proud and congratulated Blake Hingerty on taking the top honours at the 2020 NSW Training Awards regional online ceremony.

Mechanical Engineering apprentice Mr Hingerty from Temora was named the Apprentice of the Year in the Riverina region.

“We are so fortunate to have young people like Blake Hingerty training and working in the Cootamundra electorate,” Ms Cooke said.

“This achievement highlights just how diligent and dedicated Blake is and what an asset he is to the Temora community. Well done!”

Blake Hingerty said he was passionate about his training.

“I always look forward to the days that I attend TAFE NSW for training and learning new skills that I will hold for the rest of my life and career,” Mr Hingerty said.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the finalists and winners at the Riverina region awards showcases our world class vocational education and training (VET) sector in the region.

“The Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of our training achievers in NSW,” Mr Lee said.

“This year on the 65th anniversary of these prestigious awards we have received a record number of entries showcasing the energy and enthusiasm around VET in NSW.

“I congratulate all award winners and I wish them luck for the State finals in October.”

For more information on VET in NSW: vet.nsw.gov.au/