NASSSA VET Awards 2023


Jaime Matthews wins NASSSA Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year (SACE Stage 2) award (with NASSSA Director, Penny Chancellor and Northern Adelaide Senior College VET Leader, Andrea Williams)

The 2023 NASSSA VET Awards evening was an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of VET students across our 12 secondary schools. Families, trainers and community members attended the auspicious occasion, encouraging students to continue to strive for excellence and reach their goals. A Welcome to Country began the evening, presented by Salisbury High School student, Shayla Holloway.

Congratulations to Northern Adelaide Senior School student, Jaime, who was recognised and acknowledged as being a positive role model and someone who has taken great steps on her career pathway journey. Jaime successfully completed Certificate ll in Electrotechnology in 2023, which was hosted at Northern Adelaide Senior College and delivered by PEER Education Employment & Training Ltd. Firstly, she was nominated for a class achievement and commitment award and subsequently won the Industry Award, sponsored by PEER. Jaime was then selected as the winner of the prestigious NASSSA Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year, which was sponsored by LAI Group.

Jaime has shown great leadership and communication skills, showing resilience and support for others. Having completed a work placement with LAI Industries, Jaime has been offered an opportunity for apprenticeship in 2024 with PEER group training.

Similarly, Kate Harley, won the NASSSA Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year (Stage 1) sponsored by Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology, after firstly being nominated for a class achievement and commitment award for Certificate ll in Kitchen Operations, hosted at Gawler & District College B12 and delivered by Complete Hospitality Training Services; then progressing to win the Industry Award, sponsored by Baking Association of Australia.

Kate has shown herself to be a leader in the kitchen environment, is positive, committed and ready for a future in the hospitality industry.


Kate Harley, recipient of the NASSSA VET Student of the Year (SACE Stage 1) award with NASSSA Director, Penny Chancellor and CHTS trainer, Scott Hore

Inspirational guest speaker, Sterling Hansen, who was the 2022 NASSSA Apprentice of the Year, shared his VET journey from school toward fulfilling his career goals. Since completing his SACE and leaving school, he has continued this apprenticeship with PEER group training at JC Energy.

Sterling attributed his accomplishments in the first instance, to having the opportunity to undertake the NASSSA VET course, Certificate ll in Electrotechnology (Career Start) in 2021. He also emphasised his determination, strong work ethic and persistence as key to his progress and success. Sterling urged students to be focussed and aim high to achieve their goals.


NASSSA Director, Penny Chancellor with Sterling Hansen

Other major award winners include NASSSA School-based Apprentice of the Year, Parbat Subba, who is working as an apprentice carpenter at Comace with TAFE training. This award was generously sponsored by Mas National.


Parbat Subba, recipient of the NASSSA School-based Apprentice of the Year award

Other major award winners include:

NASSSA Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander VET Learner of the Year, Shayla Holloway, who has completed Certificate ll in Retail Cosmetics this year.


Shayla Holloway, recipient of the NASSSA Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander VET Student of the Year award

The NASSSA VET Success Through Adversity Acknowledgement was presented to Abbey Savage, David Craig, Ella Clark, Kostia Eckermann, Brandon Minchin and Katelyn Wittmann (absent were Merliz Augustus, Foaud Mokdassi and Shayla Ferguson). Students who received this acknowledgement were successful in their VET learning, despite encountering difficult circumstances outside of school life. NASSSA Director, Penny Chancellor commented, These students possess exceptional character, are inspiring, and tenacious and will be our future changemakers. They’ve shown such strength of character and commitment.’

Industry Award winners were:

Connor Bentley completing Certificate ll in Animal Care Industries

Wade Hallett completing Certificate ll in Automotive Servicing Technology

Katelyn Wittmann completing Certificate ll in Individual Support

Lakeisha Carter completing Certificate ll in Construction Pathways

Brandon Minchin completing Certificate ll in Construction Pathways

Chloe Prior completing Certificate ll in Construction Pathways

Deacon Teefy completing Certificate ll in Construction Pathways

Jordan Fisher completing Stackable Advanced Carpentry Safety

Tarek Ajineh completing Introduction to Welding

Joshua Charlwood completing Certificate ll in Plumbing

Isabelle Gallagher completing Certificate ll in Salon Assistant

Laura Berezuik completing Certificate ll in Retail Cosmetics

Jaime Matthews completing Certificate ll in Electrotechnology

Sara Alkokoi completing Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

Kate Harley completing Certificate ll in Kitchen Operations

Fatima Saffar Ali completing Certificate ll in Information Technology

Paige Williams-Bilton completing Certificate ll in Health Services Assistant

Congratulations, to all award recipients!

Special thanks to our generous Award sponsors:


BAE Systems Maritime Australia



Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology

LAI Group

Mas National

Master Builders Association of SA

PEER Education Employment & Training Ltd

Statewide Group Training


Northern Adelaide Health & Wellbeing Partnership


Adelaide Training & Employment Centre

Animals on Course

Australian Child Care Career Options

Baking Association of Australia

Connect 'n' Grow

Motor Trades Association