Warilla High School student Leo Stanoevski was named the Vocational Training Committee's (VTC) School Based Trainee of the Year at the 2014 Regional Training Awards this month.
Mr Stanoevski is doing a school-based traineeship in Certificate III in Information Technology, Digital Media and Technology at TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute.
He works at the Macedonian Welfare Association and last year he was the youngest person among 200 to attend a three-day national information technology conference called "Connecting Up". The conference provided an opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to network and liaise with experienced people from the IT field.
They learnt the latest trends in promoting the business via a creative website and Facebook.
He did so well among his peers he was selected again to attend in 2014 and will soon travel to Surfers Paradise for the event.
Management at the Macedonian Welfare Association Incorporation described Mr Stanoevski as an enthusiastic and diligent worker, a pleasant person to be around, polite and respectful who willingly completed his tasks.
The judges said he demonstrated the qualities employers looked for and had achieved much from his school-based traineeship, which had equipped him well at such a young age.
They were impressed with how he successfully managed to undertake his traineeship while studying for his HSC and working part-time.
Mr Stanoevski also performs regularly in the community as part of a Macedonian cultural and artistic folk dancing group.
He was one of six major winners at the annual VTC training awards.
All six so impressed sponsors WGE Group and Mainteck that the two companies decided to further reward them all with additional monetary prize cheques with the hope it would encourage other local employers and sponsors to increase their support of the annual event.
The committee that runs the event includes representatives from industry, training organisations, Australian Apprenticeships Centres and State Training Services.
Winners at regional level progress to the NSW awards in September where they will have the chance to go on and represent the region at the national awards in November.