The HR industry was well represented among the major winners at the 2014 Regional Training Awards, hosted by the Vocational Training Committee.
The winners included Chantelle Drolc, of the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, who was named Vocational Student of the Year for the Illawarra and South East NSW region.
Ms Drolc continued at the Novotel after completing a Certificate IV in Human Resources.
Her registered training organisation is the Australian College of Commerce and Management and her citation read that she had completed a Certificate IV in Human Resources to an exceptional standard, complementing her new role as the HR co-ordinator at the Novotel.
She was described as a role model and active community member in the hospitality industry.
Ms Drolc is also an advocate for vocational study and how it can change a person’s life.
‘‘I have been at the Novotel about 11 years now,’’ she said.
‘‘I have finished my Certificate IV in HR but I want to go on and do my diploma in HR management. I would love to eventually become a human resource manager and maybe a general manager of a hotel one day.’’
VET in Schools Student of the Year Courtney Maylin is undertaking a VET in School qualification in Certificate II Hospitality Food and Beverage at Kanahooka High School, where she is in year 12.
Her employers are Dapto Leagues Club and the Coffee Guru in Dapto, and she trained with the NSW Department of Education and Communities Schools Division.
Courtney represented the Illawarra at the Worldskills Competition in the Food and Beverage section, winning a silver medal.
She was highly praised for her customer service skills and teamwork.
Courtney was also one of three students chosen to participate in the Max Potential Leadership program where she gained valuable advice and mentoring.
As part of her commitment to the hospitality industry, Courtney learnt sign language to expand her communication skills.
She said she did not expect to be named student of the year. The achievement meant a lot.
‘‘I just thought I would go in the running but I didn’t think I would get this far,’’ she said. ‘‘My goal is to go as far as I can in the hospitality industry.’’