Valley workers are the pick of the crop

CLARENCE Valley trainees continue to shine, with three more announced as finalists in the prestigious North Coast Training Awards.

Rachael Worthing, Jaclyn Bailey and Laura Michael have all been nominated by their employers for their outstanding work and dedication in their chosen fields.

Rachael, who works at Blooms the Chemist in Grafton, was chosen because of the extra hours she has put in to improve the cosmetics section of the store.

With first-class product knowledge and a large customer base to prove it, Rachael's employer said she always displayed enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

In a completely different area, but with no less dedication to her work, Jaclyn Bailey has been nominated for Apprentice of the Year.

Jaclyn works at W&J Burke Mechanical Drafting Service in Coutts Crossing.

She has been nominated because of her outstanding level of technical expertise and her ability to be able to communicate this knowledge to clients.

Her knowledge has allowed her to negotiate and complete whole drafting projects.

Jaclyn also uses the latest 3D modelling and design software with associated CAD drawing systems ? something her boss Wayne said has assisted his business to be at the cutting edge of technology.

Laura Michael, from Grafton Cutting Edge Hairdressing Salon, has also been nominated as Apprentice of the Year.

Senior Hairdresser and proprietor of the salon, Julie Burke, said Laura was nominated because she continually strived to achieve the highest hairdressing standards possible.

"Laura keeps herself updated with all new trends in the industry and she has been able to use this knowledge in the training of other apprentices," she said.

"Laura's attitude towards the trade and her clients has made her a great asset for the business."

She also said that Laura approached all aspects of the trade with confidence and treated her individual clients as a special person.

Laura also completed her hairdressing trade course with distinction.

Nominations for the North Coast Training Awards, which will be held at Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour on July 14, were gained by apprentices and trainees from Taree to the Queensland border.

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