NTHA Senior Trainer wins New South Wales Trainer of the Year

by | Sep 25, 2023

The National Timber and Hardware Association (NTHA) are thrilled to announce that their Senior Trainer, Colin Taranto has won the State Award for VET (Vocational Education and Training) Trainer of the Year at the 2023 New South Wales Training Awards.

Colin Taranto – NSW Award Winner VET Trainer of the Year

Colin hails from the Mid North Coast region in Northern New South Wales, an area surrounded by rich rural farmland and known for its robust timber industry, where his success is a testament to the community’s dedication and talent. Colin’s achievements reflect his excellence and highlight the strength and expertise of the local region’s workforce.

This outstanding recognition underscores Colin’s significant impact on the timber and hardware industry through his dedicated delivery of qualifications in Timber Frame or Truss Manufacturing and Timber Systems Design at both the Certificate III and Certificate IV levels.

Colin brings a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise to his role as a trainer, with an impressive career spanning 25 years in Frame and Truss and 13 years in Technical Market development/Sales with timber manufacturers and wholesalers. His commitment to excellence and innovation in vocational education and training is evident through his unwavering dedication to his students and the industry.

Mr Taranto’s motivation to become a trainer stems from his desire to give back to an industry that has been an integral part of his life for as long as he can remember. His mission is to address the significant skills shortage facing the industry by encouraging and developing local talent, through his practical expertise and real-world experiences, empowering trainees to gain a broader understanding of the industry and the people within it.

“I wanted to give back to an industry that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. By encouraging and developing local talent, I aim to address the significant skills shortage our industry is facing. Sharing my practical expertise and experiences allows trainees to gain a broader understanding of the industry and the people within it,” Mr Taranto said.

David Little, Chief Executive Officer of NTHA, said, “Colin is a perfect example of everything a VET trainer should be. He is a well-respected industry professional who left the timber workplace to give something back to the industry he loves. His dedication, practical expertise, and passion for nurturing local talent have made a significant impact in many, many young lives. We extend our warmest congratulations to Colin and wish him the best as he competes at the national level.”

Colin’s journey now takes him to the national stage, as he represents New South Wales at the prestigious Australian Training Awards, which showcase the best practices in vocational education and training nationwide. His accomplishments thus far and his commitment to excellence make him an exemplary candidate for this coveted recognition.

For more on NTHA Training and to get Colin to your New South Wales store, visit: www.ntha.com.au