Dedicated Coffs Harbour vocational trainer Ingrid Hughes receives her award from the Minister for Skills, Trade and Workplace, Senator Chris Evans.
Dedicated Coffs Harbour vocational trainer Ingrid Hughes receives her award from the Minister for Skills, Trade and Workplace, Senator Chris Evans.

Top Award for trainee support

COFFS Harbour company Thermal Electric Elements has been commended at a national level for its long-term support of putting on local trainees and apprentices.

The company, a major international producer of heating elements, has received a Minister’s Award for Excellence at Parliament House in Canberra.

“Thermal Electric Elements have been long-term supporters of traineeships and apprenticeships and this award is a well deserved recognition of the investment that they make in the future of our skilled workforce,” MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre general manager Jan Griffin said.

The award is the first time a Coffs Harbour-based company has won the top gong.

Ingrid Hughes claimed the Minister’s Award for Support Services Excellence category, recognising her outstanding achievements working in an Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

Her commitment continues outside work where, for the past two years, Ingrid has been president of the North Coast Vocational Education Promotion and Training Advisory Committee, which conducts regional training awards, careers expos and the promotion of Australian Apprenticeships from Taree to Tweed Heads.



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