Coffs Harbour City Council Novaskill Apprentice of the Year Luke Abercrombie accepts the award from his supervisor Neil Manson.
Coffs Harbour City Council Novaskill Apprentice of the Year Luke Abercrombie accepts the award from his supervisor Neil Manson. Rob Wright

Council trainees win top awards

THE applause is still ringing around Coffs Harbour City Council for the trainees and apprentices who won awards or were nominated at this year's local Novaskill awards.

Apprentice fitter Luke Abercrombie went home with the Apprentice of the Year trophy, while trainee horticulturist Daniel Goodwin was equally victorious in his category of Trainee of the Year.

Trainee water-billing officer Dallas Gittins received yet another award to add to her growing collection when she was given Novaskill's own business services Trainee of the Year following her triumph in the same category at the NSW Group Training Australia awards earlier this year.

The staff at the council's Park Beach Holiday Park are also celebrating after winning the Large Host Employer award.

Luke and Daniel were just two of the council trainees nominated for the awards, along with Katrina Hilton, Zak Holdsworth, Joseph Green, Gary Darcy, Jason Smith and Chris Webb.

Coffs Harbour Council's general manager Steve McGrath said the awards were acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment displayed by all.

"To be a part of these awards is well-deserved recognition for the outstanding effort that these staff put into their roles on a daily basis," Mr McGrath said.

"Their success is also testimony to the support they receive from their supervisors, mentors and colleagues at council.

"I have no doubt that the nominees and award-winners will continue to achieve excellence in their chosen careers."



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